English Churches - North Yorkshire

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley


A lovely old church with remains of wall paintings and the grand pew of the Scrope family. 


Although it gives its name to the dale, Wensley is a small rather sleepy village of lovely old stone houses.

Wensley

Holy Trinity Church is at the edge of the village and surrounded by the churchyard which was covered in wild flowers when we visited. It is a lovely old church, built in the C13th on C8th Saxon foundations, with a sturdy tower at the west end and heavily buttressed walls. The church was sensitively restored by the Victorians.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

Inside, octagonal pillars and pointed arches separate the nave and side aisles.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

Just inside the door on the north wall is a C15th wooden reliquary box. This came from Easby Abbey and contained relics of St Agatha, patron saint of Easby Abbey.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

On the wall beside it are Saxon carved stones and a massive grave slab from 1514, commemorating two members of the Scrope family of nearby Bolton Castle.
Holy Trinity Church, Wensley   Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

There are also the remains of two wall paintings.  Only the legs survive from the C14th painting of ‘The Three living and the Three Dead’. 

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

The square painting depicts St Eloi shoeing a horse.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

At the end of the north aisle is the splendid C17th family pew of the Scropes from Bolton Castle, surrounded by a tall, beautifully carved screen. This was rescued from the Scrope Chantry at Easby Abbey after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

Round the inside of the screen is what looks to be a very uncomfortable bench.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

The arches facing the nave are screened with scarlet curtains. Above, hanging from the roof, is a round family crest.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

The box pews at the front of the nave and the double decker pulpit are C18th. There is a simple rood screen across the chancel arch. The choir stalls date from 1527 and have elaborately carved ends and poppyheads.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley        Holy Trinity Church, Wensley       

On the south wall is a three seater sedilia and a piscina. The east window contains fragments of medieval glass. Beneath is a wooden reredos. 

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

There is a tall lancet window above the priest’s door into the chancel. This has an image of the Virgin and Child and there is the remains of Norman chevron carving on the sides of the pillars.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley
 
At the back of the south aisle is the octagonal font, dated 1662. The font cover was rediscovered under a pile of rubble in the tower.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

At the east end is a simple altar with a blue curtain acting as a reredos.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

This is a lovely old church. It is no longer used and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is open every day. There is on road parking near the church. The post code is DL8 4HX and the grid reference is SE 092895.

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