St Peter's Church was completed in 1869 and designed by Robert Brass, a London architect and is built in a superb situation with views of the fells. Pevsner calls it a 'decent, honest piece of work'. It is built of local stone in the Early English style with transepts and a north-east tower. It is on the Southern edge of Far Sawrey alongside a well used footpath leading from the Ferry. Even though the number of permanent residents in the parish is only about 150, the church is surprisingly large, with seating for about 400.
Originally, the area of the parish was included in the ancient parish of Hawkshead, but Sawrey became a separate parish in 1873, when the church was built. Since 1982 it has been part of a United Benefice with Hawkshead, and on 1st May 2003 the parishes of Rusland and Satterthwaite joined the Benefice.
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Sawrey is a rural parish bounded by Esthwaite Water and Windermere in the Southern Lake District. It includes the villages of Far Sawrey, Near Sawrey and the hamlet of High Cunsey and various outlying properties. The parish is served by the B5385 leading from Hawkshead to the Ferry landing, or you might well want to come via the Ferry from Bowness-on-Windermere. Sawrey's most famous resident was, of course, Beatrix Potter who lived in the village at Hill Top.
The Christian worship at St Peter's takes a variety of different forms. On the first Sunday in the month we a have a Common Worship Eucharist, on the second Sunday there is Book of Common Prayer Matins, on the the third Sunday we have a BCP Eucharist and on the fourth there is a service of Morning Worship. For service times see here . Needless to say, visitors are very welcome at any of our services.
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We have a parish magazine- The Esthwaite Link- which is delivered to all the houses in the parish.