St James’ is located in the hamlet of Shireshead, near Forton, Preston.
This superstition meant that the doors on these unfavourable and shaded sides were blocked off so witches couldn’t enter, they were left to go into a state of disrepair and no person of respectability would be buried here.
Surrounded by Yew trees which are traditionally found in graveyards, the old stone cross is a reminder that this was once a graveyard to the Catholics of the family who couldn’t be buried anywhere but on private land.
Inside the church is a large pendulum that hangs down from the wall. This clock was installed in 1850 and the ticking can be heard throughout the building.
In 1813 Wordsworth and his family moved to Rydal Mount, Ambleside and that’s where he spent the rest of his life.
I visited this village and the church in the mists of autumn time.
Bowness on Windermere Cemetery.
The old gravestones have been left, almost frozen in time and engulfed back into nature.