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29. St Mary's Parish Church, Scarborough

A lovely church to visit with good views over the south bay and up to the castle walls.

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St Mary's Church, Scarborough is situated high above the 'Old Town' but below the walls of the Castle.

 

St Mary's Church, Scarborough. may have been a monastic foundation founded below the castle in the late 12th century.

 

Beyond the east end of the church a ruinous remains of the much larger chancel can be seen, so that the current St Mary's church essentially ends at the crossing tower, but most of the structure remaining dates from the late 12th century and early 13th century.

 

The crossing tower of St Mary's church was rebuilt in 1669 after collapsing in 1659.

 

A wedding at St Mary's Church, Scarborough

 

The exterior of the south transept of St Mary's Church with the keep and walls of the castle high up above on the right

 

 

The west end of St Mary's church. The west wall has tall lancet windows.

 

Looking east down the nave of st Marys' to the pointed Norman chancel arch and altar, which reside directly under the tower of what was the crossing. The nave of St Mary's, with its aisle arches and clerestory windows (no triforum), much of the structure is as early as the 12th and 13th century bar restoration work in the 17th-20th century. On the right is an octagonal pier of the south arcade of the south aisle.

 

St Mary's great east window with its fine stained glass lights and panels.

 

The bays of the north aisle (left). The north arcade of the north aisle. has six bays with round piers and fine triple-chamfered arches. There is no real triforum but a set of clerestory windows high up above the arches of the north and south arcades. The aisles and side chapels date from the second half of the 14th century.

 

The chapels have tunnel vaults of single-chamfered ribs or arches - pictured above is the largest of the chapels in the south aisle of St Mary's Church with its seven ribs or arches of vaulting. It has a four light window of Victorian stained glass (as is the stone tracery).

 

The altar in the north aisle of St Mary's Church  

 

 

Some of the other stained glass windows of St Mary's Church.

Details of the great east window by H. J. Summers (mildly expressionistic according to Pevsner). The stone tracery was designed by G. G. Pace in 1957.

 

The excellent west window of St Mary's Church, by Gerente of Paris, dates from ~1850 and is filled with 13th century style medallions with stunning blue coloured pieces in particular.

 

In St Mary's Church, Scarborough, is the death certificate of Anne Bronte, who died in Scarborough on May 30th, 1849 aged 29.

 

The west door of St Mary's Church (cafe entrance!) and you can get some refreshment in the summer and a most aspect to sup a cup of tea and help support the preservation of this great church


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SEE ALSO A West to East Medieval Church Journey from Helmsley to Scarborough

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