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Whicham St Mary and Whitbeck St Mary are two of a chain of small Anglican churches spread between the sea and the fells around the foot of Black Combe, serving the farms and villages of the area. They are part of the Calder Deanery in the Diocese of Carlisle. The priest in charge of all the Black Combe churches is the Reverend Ian James.

Whicham St Mary.

Whicham St Mary is a pretty grade 2 listed church just off the A595 at the mouth of the Whicham Valley. It is at the start of a popular path up Black Combe. The churchyard is particularly spectacular in spring, when it is filled with snowdrops , crocus and daffodils.

The congregation is mainly drawn from the villages of Silecroft and Kirksanton as well as from the farms and houses of the Whicham Valley. We aim to be a friendly, welcoming congregation.


The normal pattern of services is:


Whitbeck St Mary.

Whitbeck St Mary is a simple rectangular church, grade 2 listed. Its origins are possibly 12th Century, but it was altered in the 19th Century. The nave and small chancel are separated by an arch, .and the interior is unusually light and airy. The community are very committed to maintaining the presence of the church and help with its  upkeep. A team meets regularly in spring and summer to keep the grounds tidy and attractive.

Services are normally held each fortnight: