English Churches - North Yorkshire
A small village church with some Norman work
has been a church on this site since Saxon times but little
remains of this church apart from some of the masonry at the
base of the south wall. The present church is a mix of
different styles and dates. The north aisle is C12th. The
nave and chancel were rebuilt in the C13th and C14th. The
tower dates from C15th although the top is later. The small
south aisle and porch are Victorian.
Set in a grassy churchyard just off the main street, the church has a tall, crudely built west tower with stepped buttresses and tall crocketed pinnacles. The top is faced with ashlar. On the south wall is the remains of an old sundial.
Inside, it is very quiet with just the loud tick of the clock. Round Norman pillars with water leaf capitals and round arches separate nave and north aisle. The arcade continues beyond the pointed chancel arch into the chancel. Walls are plastered with stone and slate memorial tablets. They are gently bending outwards. At the end of the side aisles are small chapels with an altar.
On the south wall is a small Norman window.
The chancel has scraped stone walls with a beamed and panelled rood with carved bosses. The altar has a small stone reredos with three carved arches. In the centre is a cross. On the left is the symbol IHC and the Chi-Rho symbol on the right. All are set on a gold mosaic base.
There is a simple octagonal font at the back and the old poor box. Furnishings are C19th, including two rather unusual chairs with beaded backs and arms.
The church is open 9-5 and there is on road parking. It is a nice church, but with nothing exceptional to fire the imagination. It is only worth visiting if passing. The post code is YO60 6PS and the grid reference is SE 672707.
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