Self-guided walking trail around Penrith
The Explore Penrith trail helps you discover the centre of Penrith.
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Methodist Church and Christ Church
Walk map at Methodist Church and Christ Church
  1. Voreda House at the top right of Portland Place was the first to use metric bricks in Penrith. It sits on the site of the earlier Drill Hall built in the 1890s as a dual-purpose army drill hall and public hall for concerts, sales, plays and dances, much used till it burnt down in the 1950s.
  2. Diagonally opposite lies the Penrith Methodist Church. This was erected in 1873 for £8,000 and then much improved in 1997.
    Turn left into Drovers Lane, then left again into the churchyard.
    Penrith Methodist Church
    Penrith Methodist Church
    Penrith Methodist Church from Christ Church churchyard
    Methodist Church from Christ Church churchyard
  3. Christ Church opened in 1850. It was described as ‘convenient, commodious, and one of the neatest edifices in the town’. As the population of Penrith increased, the need for a new burial ground became imperative. When the cemetery on Beacon Edge opened in 1872 it took over as the town’s burial ground. However, burials continued at Christ Church for those with vaults; these were originally sold for £10 each (over £1,000 now) in 1849-50 to raise funds to build the church. The flat grassy land between the church and Wilson Row is where Penrithians unable/unwilling to have a tombstone were buried.
    Exit the churchyard by the opposite gate and turn left along Wilson Row.
    Penrith Christ Church and churchyard
    Penrith Christ Church and churchyard
    Penrith Christ Church sculpture
    Christ Church sculpture
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Penrith Christ Church gable end
Christ Church gable end
Penrith Christ Church churchyard tree
Christ Church churchyard tree
Penrith Christ Church sculpture
Christ Church sculpture
Penrith Christ Church sculpture
Christ Church sculpture
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