Home About Us Contact Us Location Links Just looking
Crosthwaite Church Keswick

The nationally agreed basic fees for a church marriage can be found Here-TABLE OF PAROCHIAL FEES”. However the total for each church varies because of differing costs for organists, heating, verger etc.

Marriage of Divorcees in Church. The Church takes very seriously the significance of the vows made at a wedding which are to a life long faithful union between a man and a woman. This life long commitment gives the security and trust needed for a happy family life – for all involved.  However, sadly, marriages do fail and Christians believe that God is in the business of restoration and forgiveness. The Vicar has discretion to marry divorcees and is willing to meet with prospective couples where one or other of them have previously been married to discern what is the best way forward to a new marriage.


(If what follows seems complicated – don’t panic - contact the Vicar and ask him to clarify things for you)

People who are either resident in the Parish or have strong connections with the Church are eligible to be married here after reading of Banns *. Only one of the prospective couple needs to fulfil these requirements of connection. The other partner will have their Banns read in the Parish where they presently live.

If you are not resident and have no other connection with the Parish it is still possible to be married in Crosthwaite by applying for a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate. You will need to stay in the Parish for a certain number of nights to qualify for this. Please contact the Superintendent Registrar for marriages in this area (Cockermouth 01900 325960 cockermouth.registeroffice@cumbriacc.gov.uk) who can give you up to the date information. Please note, you still need to speak to the Vicar to gain permission to marry at Crosthwaite before contacting the registrar. If you come regularly to worship at Crosthwaite for a period of at least six months then your name can be entered on the electoral roll, which also allows you to be married in the church by reading of banns. The Vicar can explain all these things more fully to you.

Assuming you are eligible or are willing to ‘do what it takes’ to be so, then next contact the Vicar  He will help you with the legal eligibility requirements, arrange an available date and time. He will then help you with choosing readings, hymns, music etc and explain the marriage service to you. These meetings are essential and you should be ready to make time for them. His weekends are busy so weekdays are preferred. If you live a distance away please factor this in to your planning.

Cost: Currently the cost of being married at Crosthwaite Church, including organist, bell ringers and reading of banns is just over £500 pounds.

The regulations which qualify a person to be married in a church by reading of Banns are printed at the end of this article under the heading ‘The Marriage Measure’ or can be found at: The Marriage Measure

* What are ‘Banns’? This is the ancient practice of announcing at three Sunday services in the six months before the wedding date the names of those intending to marry and asking if anyone knows ‘any just cause or impediment why these two persons may not be joined in holy matrimony’.

To find out more about being married at Crosthwaite Church Please send any enquiries to the Parish Office as the church is now officially in a period of interregnum.


(Caution To avoid disappointment please arrange the date and time of your wedding with the Vicar before going firm on booking a reception venue) To see the Parish Boundary click here.



Try these links for more information and advice:


and strongly recommended:


MARRIAGE PREPARATION You wouldn’t go on a long trip or adventure holiday without making preparations and getting in shape. Embarking on married life is a much bigger thing to do – the more you prepare for it the better. Click the link above to find out more and find a course near you!


Beautifully situated the Underskiddaw Church Room has been recently licensed for weddings and is ideal for small ceremonies with no more than 40 guests. It would suit couples marrying or re-marrying, later in life who do not want a lot of fuss and/or people not wishing to spend a big sum. There are several local hotels which could provide a venue for the reception and the Millbeck Village Hall is just down the road for those who wish to cater for themselves and/or bring in a caterer. It may lack the bells and fine organ of the main church but it makes up for this with its charm and situation.

The Marriage Measure

We understand that there are many couples who would like to marry in a church that has special significance for them, through family or other close connections. So from the 1st October 2008, the Church of England has made it easier for couples to do just that.

In order to marry in the parish church of a parish other than the one where you or your fiance/e are living, without the need for a Special Licence, you or your fiance/e will need to demonstrate just one of the following qualifying connections'.


· One of you was baptised in the parish concerned (If you were baptised and confirmed at the same time, the provisions on confirmation rather than baptism apply)

· One of you has been confirmed, and was prepared for confirmation in the parish

· One of you has at any time lived in the parish for at least 6 months

· One of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months


· One of your or your fiancé/e's parents has lived in the parish for at least 6 months at any time after you were born (or, in the case of your fiance/e's parents, at any time after your fiance/e was born)

· One of your or your fiancé/e's parents has regularly attended public worship in the parish for at least 6 months at any time after you (or your fiancé/e) were born.

· A parent or grandparent of you or your fiancé/e was married in the parish.

In all cases- i.e. worship, baptism, confirmation or marriage- this applies only to Church of England services.

Even if you cannot demonstrate any of the above connections, we want to help you explore whether it may still be possible for you to marry in your special church. Refer again to the information above under ‘CAN WE BE MARRIED AT CROSTHWAITE’ and/or talk to the vicar well in advance to discuss the options open to you.


Penrith Registration Office

Penrith Library, St Andrew`s Churchyard, Penrith, CA11 7YA

Email: Kendal.Registeroffice@cumbria.gov.uk

Opening Times Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Tel: 0300 303 2472 This telephone number now covers all registration services in the county.

You can arrange appointments and make enquiries by telephone, email or by calling in person.

If it is more convenient there is also a registration office at Wigton

Wigton Library, Wigton, CA7 9NJ

Email: northcumbriaregistration@cumbria.gov.uk

Opening Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 11.30am. Monday and Wednesday Closed

We are delighted to welcome couples who come to be married in Crosthwaite Church. If you are engaged to be married then accept our congratulations.

We are pleased to encourage people to get married and we will do what we can to help you.

The spiritual dimension. The majority of people who choose a church wedding do so because they sense the need to involve God in their lives. Couples may use phrases like, ‘it wouldn’t seem right otherwise’, ‘I’ve never thought of getting married anywhere else’, and ‘we believe in God though we’re not regular Church goers’ etc. Crosthwaite is a site where people have worshipped God for nearly fifteen hundred years. Your wedding can be an occasion to deepen your relationship with God as well as with each other. The spiritual dimensions of life are fully recognized in a Church wedding service which contains wonderful prayers of blessing for the marriage couple.

Crosthwaite Church is a stunning setting, inside and out – with, after the Cathedral, the finest organ in Cumbria, a Bechstein piano, good sound system and eight bells in the tower.

Getting Married at Crosthwaite Church

Jason Chambers Photography: jason@photolakedistrict.co.uk / www.photolakedistrict.co.uk To the top Back