English Churches - East Riding of Yorkshire
A simple C19th village church which has kept its Norman
doorway and font
Newton is an attractive Wolds Village with a duck pond. The
church is set in the heart of the village between Front and
Back Street. Pevsner describes this as a “humble church of
great interest”. It is a very attractive small church with
nave, south porch, north aisle, chancel and small wooden
belfry above the west end.
There is little information about the church on the web and no information in the church itself. There has been a church here since Norman times although the chancel, north aisle, porch and belfry are C19th. The date stone on the chancel is 1850. The stonework on the chancel and west end is of much smoother quality than the rest of the church.
Entry is through a lovely Norman doorway with carved round arches and semi-circular tympanum with a chequerboard background and Maltese cross.
The carved capital on the left has a partridge. That on the right, a wheel.
The inside of the church is very simple. With its low dark wood ceiling it felt very dark until we found a light switch. The Norman Chancel arch was rebuilt when the chancel was rebuilt in the C19th. It retains the narrow Norman columns with carved capitals but detail of the carving has been lost under generations of whitewash. There are low carved wooden railings on either side of the archway.
A Norman style arcade of round pillars and round arches was added in the C19th when the north aisle was built. At the end of this is the organ.
At the back of the nave is a C12th Norman tub font. This has a carving of ‘wheat ears’ around the top. Below are is a zig zag pattern with foliage between. On the back wall are wooden boards with the Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer and Creed as well as a Royal Coat of Arms.
The chancel has a simple altar with lovely carved altar rail with a panel with a carving of Agnus Dei in the centre doorway.
The church is open daily. Choose a bright sunny day to visit as photography is difficult. At times it was too dark to see through the view finder and I was pointing, pressing and hoping for the best. This explains the grainy nature of some of the pictures as I was working at the limits of the camera.
There is plenty of parking on either Back St with access through a kissing gate or on Front Street with access through an opening gate. The postcode is YO25 3YF and the grid reference is TA 046731.
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