St Olafs Wasdale Head Parish Church Management Committee

Restoring St Olaf's Wasdale Head, England's smallest parish church

The ravages of time, weather and footfall have taken their toll on our ancient building since its last major restoration in 1892. We need to ensure the building is fit for the 30,00 people who visit each year and for future generations to enjoy.
£84,081
raised of £165,000 target
by 29 supporters
RCN 1199377

Story

The ravages of time have taken their toll on our 500 year old sturdy, stone, Grade II Listed building since its last restoration in 1892 and we need to secure its fabric to ensure we can continue to serve our growing worshipping, local and visiting communities in the years ahead. The project involves roof repairs, replacement of internal plaster, and heating and lighting improvements. We have inherited a jewel of a church, which together with its churchyard is described as a site of Cultural and Historical Significance.

Our project will benefit:

Our local community - St Olafs is an important part of community life for our 25 local residents, providing a space not just for prayer, but for hosting seasonal celebrations in a very isolated area.

30,000 visitors annually - accessible only by footpath or bridleway, our visitor numbers are astonishing. Visitors and pilgrims, walkers and climbers, are drawn to our little church and call in for respite, rest and reflection.

We will be able to:

Continue to provide a peaceful haven for locals and visitors alike, in a beautiful yet often wild landscape.

Preserve the unique history and heritage of Englands smallest church, the oldest building in the area, and continue to share it with future generations from home and abroad.

Provide a centre of prayer and remembrance for loved ones. The churchyard is home to the Fell & Rock Climbing Club Memorial and the graves of climbers who have been lost in this the birthplace of British rock climbing.

With your help we can secure the little church for future generations to enjoy. If funds allow, we are hoping to start work in Spring 2025.

About the charity

The ravages of time, weather and heavy footfall have taken their toll on our ancient building since its last major restoration in 1892. We now need to ensure the little church is fit for future generations of walkers, climbers and pilgrims to enjoy.

Donation summary

Total raised
£84,080.56
+ £208.75 Gift Aid
Online donations
£1,580.56
Offline donations
£82,500.00
Direct donations
£1,580.56
Donations via fundraisers
£0.00

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