St. Mary's is near the centre of the valley and is open every day.
It is now a Festival Church, services for 2017 are :-
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|On Thursday, the 28th Inst., the beautifully situated new church in Longsleddale, entirely rebuilt at the cost of the Hon. Mrs. Howard, of Levens, was opened for worship by the Hon. Rev. Dr. Waldegrave, Bishop of Carlisle. The ancient church was one of the barn like edifices which were formerly scattered through our dales, but which are now disappearing, as the munificence of individuals and of parishoners is rapidly substituting for them structures of modern proportion and style. The site is the best in the parish, and was therefore retained. It is a mound stretching far across the valley, and looking both up and down the dale. The church is capable of accommodating about 100 persons, the population of the valley being 150, and a new school and parsonage have been erected by subscriptions, aided by a gift from the Diocesan Society, forming together a nice group of new buildings. At eleven o'clock the Bishop arrived, accompanied by the Mayor and Vicar of Kendal ..... The Bishop was assisted in the service by the Vicar of Kendal, and Mr. Dent, the Incumbent of the parish. His Lordship's sermon was well adapted to the occasion, and was most attentively listened to by a crowded church. At the conclusion the visitors adjourned to the schoolroom to partake of a cold collation ...|
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