St Michaels Church

Purpose & Function

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Who's Who

Peter Blackett


The Rectory, Church Road, Kirkbride, Wigton, Ca7 5HY 

Tel: 016973 51256

News & Announcements

Saturday 29 September 2018

Harvest Sale

Monday 14 May 2018

Flower Festival

‘Moving Mountains’ mission
on 22nd, 23rd 24th June 2018
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 2pm – 6pm
Church Services on Sunday - Holy Communion 11am
Songs of Praise 6.30pm
Refreshments and a display of local memorabilia
in the Lindow Hall, Bowness-on-Solway
Contacts: Anne on 01228 576315
Diane on

Tuesday 04 April 2017

What Grand Fellers!

Pictured are the team headed by Mike Waning (front left) who took down a large, multi-trunked fir tree in Bowness churchyard which was threatening to fall on gravestones.
A hard Sunday afternoon’s work was put in by Mike and his family – Hannah, Mikey and Robbie – as well as Richard, John, Joseph and Jonathan Wills, Anna and James Paisely and Fenella  Watson.
A useful seat was carved out of the huge tree stump near the smuggler’s grave.


Tuesday 31 January 2017

Regular Sunday Services

Sunday Services


Kirkbride Newton Arlosh Bowness
1st  09:30 HC 10:45 HC 18:30 EP
2nd 09:30 HC 10:45 MP 11:00 HC
3rd 09:30 HC 10:45 HC 11:00 MP
4th 09:30 HC   11:00 HC



Tuesday 06 March 2018

St. Michael's Church - Bowness on Solway Annual Report for 2017

Monday 11 June 2018

Murder, drowning, politics and industry - tales from Bowness churchyard

In the first of an occasional series, St Michael’s churchwarden Richard Wills of Bowness Hall talks to Lucilla Laval about some of the interesting characters buried in Bowness churchyard.

A stroll around the graveyard with Richard reveals a colourful picture of life in the parish over the last 200 or more years.
Just inside the gateway are the graves of spinster sisters Jane and Margaret Pattinson who were murdered by one of their farmhands in 1808. The sisters, who were 77 and 65, lived at a farm between Abbeytown and Wheyrigg. They were buried at Bowness alongside their father, John, who originally came from Whitrigg.

Nearby is the grave of Captain Tristram Rome of Port Carlisle who was lost at sea on the third of January 1847 aged 46. His widow, who remarried, and his two daughters are also buried there. Was he a naval captain or a merchant seaman and where did his ship go down?
John Story, who died in 1888, owned a clay pit near Millrigg which turned out bricks and tiles – especially horseshoe drainage  tiles – many of which can still be found on agricultural buildings around the parish.

Another John Story, buried nearby, lived at Greenspot. He is said to be the last person capable of ‘trussing’ hay – stitching it into portable squares to be sold to brewers, railway companies and the many others who had working horses to feed. Richard recalls that when he and his sister were small children John Story’s wife, Elizabeth made then winter coats out of a World War One greatcoat.

An obelisk near the top of the graveyard is a memorial to the Sharp family who owned and ran a cornmill at Glasson and the elaboratwely-carved stone chest alongside the south wall of the church stands above the grave of Member of Parliament Edward Knubley, who lived at Fingland and died in 1787.

Mr Knubley was known locally as one of Lord Lonsdale’s ‘ninepins’. The Earl, a powerful landowner in Cumberland and Westmorland, was at that time Speaker of the House of Commons and the ninepins were nine local MPs (there were many more constituencies then) who could be relied on to vote his way.

Moving on we find John Lawson of Bowness Hall who died in 1831. He was a Land Commissioner who had the job of surveying land for the historic Enclosure Awards which radically changed the pattern of land ownership in England.

* If you can add to any of these stories, please go to and share your information with the parish

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Geophysical survey report at Bowness -Church yard extension

Please find attached a copy of the geophysical survey report at Bowness for the proposed extension of the church yard.