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9. A West to East Medieval Church Journey from Helmsley to Scarborough

Pictures from North Yorkshire

Although most of these medieval churches have been substantially rebuilt and restored, some have earlier Saxon origins pre-dating the Norman conquest, they all retain the essence of their medieval origins and have distinct architectural features dating from 600-900 years ago. Most of the churches described, in a west to east order lie on, or near, the A170 main road from Helmsley to Scarborough


Helmsley Parish Church, a great medieval building dating from around 1129.

All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley, is described on a separate web page


St Gregory Minster, Kirkdale was rebuilt around 1054 because the original church of 654 AD was destroyed by the raiding Danes.

St Gregory Minster, Kirkdale, is described on a separate web page


All Saints Church, Kirkbymoorside, is described on a separate web page


All Saints Church, Sinnington, is described on a separate web page


South-west view of the fine medieval church of St Andrew's in Middleton.

St Andrew's Church, Middleton,  is described on a separate web page


The spire of St Peter & St Paul Church, Pickering.

St Peter and St Paul's Church, Pickering, is described on a separate web page


All Saints, Thornton-le-Dale (Thornton Dale), is described on a separate web page


St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn is found secluded in a little green valley just north of Thornton Dale are far away from the hustle and bustle of its tourist trade!

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St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn: It has a nave and chancel and a very small tower.

 

St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn: Looking down the nave under the chancel arch (11th century) to the altar and east window.

 

St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn: Carving on the piers supporting the chancel arch.

 

St Hilda's Church, Ellerburn: Fragments of Anglo-Saxon (Anglo-Danish) crosses and other carved stones are set into the walls of the nave.


St John's Church, Allerston (Pevsner says St Mary?). The building was constructed out of good local stone in the 14th century, the nave and chancel being built first and the tall perpendicular bell tower added at a later date.

 

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St John's Church, Allerston: Painted/stained glass windows


St Mary's Church, Ebberston: The nave and chancel are Norman and a short unbutressed west tower.

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St Mary's Church, Ebberston: The chancel was worked in the 13th century and further developments of the north and south aisles in the 14th and 15th? century. There was much rebuilding by Ewan Christian in 1876.

St Mary's Church, Ebberston: Some of the delightful carving on the capitals of the piers of the aisles.

 

St Mary's Church, Ebberston: The Norman medieval? font.


St Stephen's Church, Snainton: The church was built in 1835 by John Barry to replace an earlier Norman medieval church. The nave and chancel are built as one with a small bell tower. However, a bit survives of the earlier medieval church.

 

St Stephen's Church, Snainton: The 'lych-gate' consists of a fine Norman arch from the original church with beak-head and characteristic zig-zag carvings. A nice little of historic masonry preserved.

 

The Peacock hotel in Snainton, on the A170 Pickering-Scarborough road, is near St Stephen's Church.


All Saints Church, Brompton by Sawdon: The church is quite a large medieval church with relatively squat spire.

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All Saints Church, Brompton by Sawdon: The octagonal piers of the arcade bays of the south aisle, most of which are Perpendicular in style i.e 14th to 15th century.

All Saints Church, Brompton by Sawdon: In memory of Sir Kenelm? Cayley, 10th Baronet of Brompton and Elizabeth his wife.

All Saints Church, Brompton by Sawdon: I like the local details of pigs, sheep and cricket in the lights of the stained glass windows of the nave!

 

All Saints Church, Brompton by Sawdon: Looks like a pretty ancient oak door! 15th century!

 

 

The Cayley Arms in Bromton-by-Sawdon was a welcome refuge on a very grey day on the busy Pickering-Scarborough A170 road. All Saints Church, in a waterside setting (very rainy day at the time!) has some splendid stained glass windows of some things dear to the life of Yorkshire folks!


All Saints Church, Wykeham: The church was built by Butterfield in 1853 in the medieval style of the late 13th century.

BUT there is something surviving from the medieval church!

By the side of the Downe Arms stands a 14th century tower of an earlier medieval church.

 

The spire was added by Butterfield and the tower is effectively the gateway to the Victorian church of All Saints, Wykeham.

Beneath the tower is some nice rib vaulting.

Good food can be found at the Downe Arms in Wykeham is by the relatively recent building of All Saints Church but between the two is the restored medieval tower of the original church. There is some magnificent ribbed vaulting under the tower.


St Matthew's Church, Hutton Buscel: The church has a Norman west tower with twin bell openings and other medieval features.

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St Matthew's Church, Hutton Buscel:

 

St Matthew's Church, Hutton Buscel: The north aisle is due to Butterfield in 1885 but the round piers of the arcade is 13th century with plain round capitals

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St Matthew's Church, Hutton Buscel: Memorial window to Elizabeth Monkton who died on March 7th 1875 aged 62, affectionate remembrance of a faithful nurse remembered for her caring attitude and companionship in nursing the sick

The very quiet village street near the church


West Ayton, Nr Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England: No church, but there is the Ye Olde Forge Valley Inn, in the village of West Ayton, is a useful pause point on the busy Pickering-Scarborough A170 road. The heavy traffic on the road has necessitated the building of another bridge parallel with the old one!


St John the Baptist Church, East Ayton has a thin unbuttressed west tower but, as you can see, the nave and chancel are heavily buttressed. In amongst the yew trees it survives in its own quiet, dignified and unassuming way, right on the busy noisy A170 main road.

I haven't had the chance to view the interior of St Johns' yet.

St John the Baptist Church, East Ayton

At least one medieval window survives!

 

East Ayton, Near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England: The Denison Arms is next to the medieval church of St John the Baptist is in the village of East Ayton on the busy Pickering-Scarborough A170 road.


St Martin's Church, Seamer: The church is quite a sizeable Norman church. The west tower (rebuilt in 1840), nave and chancel are all Norman.

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St Martin's Church, Seamer: The exterior of the church is embattled to make it a bit 'castle-like'.

 

St Martin's Church, Seamer: The south door, with two fine hinges of decorative iron-work survives from as early as the 13th century.

 

St Martin's Church, Seamer: The higher clerestory windows above the arcade arches of the north aisle.

St Martin's Church, Seamer: The richly ornate chancel arch. Behind it a fine Jacobean screen.

 

St Martin's Church, Seamer: A decked out curious carved head on one of the capitals of a nave pillar.

Seamer, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England: The Mayfield Hotel and the Copper Horse Restaurant are two good places to get somerefreshment on this journey of discovery!


 

St Mary's Parish Church, Scarborough, is described on a separate web page

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