English Churches - North Yorkshire
An elegant church with a lovely spire and some superb
carved pew ends
very tall and slender spire of St Maryís Church can be seen
for miles over the flat landscape of the Ouse valley. There
was a church here in Domesday Times but the present building
dates from the early C13th and the outside is a good example
of the Gothic style of architecture.
It is a cruciform church with central square tower topped by the glorious C15th spire. Side aisles and tower are battlemented and the side aisles topped with pinnacles.
Inside it is a big church and the architecture of the nave feels Norman rather than Gothic with round pillars and round arches separating the nave and side aisles. Walls are covered with stone memorials.
The transept crossing has the more typical pointed Gothic arches and the chancel is also Gothic.
At the back of the south aisle is a C12th Norman font.
The south transept has a C14th cadaver tomb, a reminder of manís mortality.
In the south aisle is a small C14th carved credence table which would have been a stand for an Easter Garden. It has been moved here from the chapel which now houses the organ.
The pulpit is Jacobean and has lovely carved arches on the panels.
The C15th pews have beautifully carved ends with heads, animals and arches.
The choir pews also have carved ends and one of them still has a misericord. Dating from around 1200, this is one of the oldest in the country.
On the north wall of the chancel is a carved wooden panel with men and mythical beasts. Its origin and date are unknown.
Inside this is perhaps rather a plain church but the quality of the wood carving is outstanding and makes it well worth visiting.
The church is usually kept locked but a key can be got from the post office, just down the road from the church. There is plenty of parking on the road by the church. The nearest post code is YO8 6QU and the grid reference is SE 673306
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