St Begas Church, Bassenthwaite, Lake District,England.

It is
hard to imagine a more beautifully situated church that St Bega’s, on
the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. The church is dedicated to St Bega, a
7th century Irish princess who fled her native land to avoid an
unwelcome marriage. She landed on the Cumbrian coast at St Bees, where a
priory was later founded in her name.

Both Tennyson and Wordsworth were known to have visited St Bega’s.
The church featured in Wordsworth’s ‘A Guide top the English Lakes’. It
is very likely that the opening of Tennyson’s ‘Morte d’Arthur’ took
inspiration from St Bega’s church as well.

Photo: Andrew Locking.


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