St Andrew's Church
Location within Cumbria
Population654 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY4430
Civil parish
  • Greystoke
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPENRITH
Postcode districtCA11
Dialling code017684
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°40′12″N 2°52′12″W / 54.670°N 2.870°W / 54.670; -2.870Coordinates: 54°40′12″N 2°52′12″W / 54.670°N 2.870°W / 54.670; -2.870

Greystoke is a village and civil parish on the edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Penrith. At the 2001 census the parish had a population of 642,[2] increasing marginally to 654 at the 2011 Census.[1] The village centres on a green surrounded by stone houses and cottages.


Buildings in the village include St Andrew's parish church, which dates from the 13th century; Greystoke Castle, built by Baron Greystock in the 16th century and which stands in a 3,000-acre (12 km2) park; the Boot & Shoe public house; and the outdoor swimming pool.

To the east of the village are three folly farmsteads built about 1789 by Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk, of Greystoke Castle: Fort Putnam, Bunker's Hill and Spire House.

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew's is a major church building due to its size, which is considerable for such a small parish.

Two of the first parsons were influential Savoyards. Firstly Henri of Grandson younger brother of the important friend and envoy of King Edward I of England, Otto de Grandson. Henri of Grandson would later become Bishop of Verdun then not in France but an important bishopric within the Holy Roman Empire. He was followed as parson by his relative Gérard of Vuippens who would also become an important diplomat for King Edward I of England in negotiating an end to the war with King Philip IV of France and later Bishop of Lausanne.

It was refounded as a collegiate church in 1382, by William, 14th Baron Greystoke, for a master, seven chaplains and six chantry priests. However the present building, in the Perpendicular style, is reckoned to date from the 16th and 17th centuries. It had a restoration in 1818, and then in 1848-49 it had another restoration under the architect Anthony Salvin. The nave is narrow, but the aisles are wide, with big windows, but it has no clerestory or west window. There are a number of effigies, including William, 14th Baron, and John, 16th Baron.

There is an impressive memorial to Henry Charles Howard of Greystoke, designed by Sir Robert Lorimer[3] in the Arts and Crafts style, which dates from 1914.[4] There are six bells which are hung for ringing in the English full-circle style.[5]

Notable people


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward stretches south west to Threlkeld with a total population of 1,374.[7]


See also


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Greystoke Parish (E04002535)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Greystoke (major part of 2) Parish (16UF026)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  3. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Robert Lorimer
  4. ^ The Buildings of England - Cumbria, Matthew Hyde and Nikolaus Pevsner 2010. Yale University Press
  5. ^ Retrieved from Carlisle Diocesan Guild of church bell ringers website July 2015 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Enos Bronson, Memoir of the Life and Character of Dr John Law in Select Reviews, vol. 4 (1810)
  7. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 20 June 2015.