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13. East Gilling and a Hovingham - Stonegrave Walk

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The Church at Gilling East

The Church of the Holy Cross at East Gilling. The west tower whose windows and bell-openings suggest to Pevsner a post-Reformation date of the later 16th century. PLEASE LEAVE a DONATION to HELP in the upkeep of this fine church.


The arcades are the earliest part of the church. They consist of three bays with circular piers, square abaci with slightly pointed double chamfered arches of ~1200. The chancel was rebuilt in the 14th century.


An early 14th century slab to a knight whose bust with praying hands appears in a sunk quatrefoil and his feet in a sunk trefoil.



Stone effigies of Sir Nicholas Fairfax (1572) and two wives probably dating from the later 16th century.


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The rest of the village of Gilling East

The Fairfax inn/hotel/pub, some of the estate houses including Gilling House, and older houses on Cawton Road.

Gilling East Village, North Yorkshire, England: At the Fairfax pub-hotel you can eat, drink and sleep ('the Bistro with bedrooms' according to the sign in the village of Gilling East in the heart of the agricultural and gently rolling Howardian Hills in the Vale of York * Stroll around and visit the fine old medieval Church of the Holy Cross.

Having wandered around East Gilling we drove to park in the centre of Hovingham.

Walking from Hovingham to Stonegrave

There is usually no problem with parking in the centre of Hovingham Village.

Walking from Hovingham to Stonegrave

Its a pleasant rural walk to the village of Stonegrave as you head NNW towards Hovingham Carrs.


A short section of the path follows the bed of the now disused east-west rural railway line and then north-west to Stonegrave.


Stonegrave village in the distance from the lane that runs NNE into the village.


The tower of Stonegrave Minster stands out above the tiny hamlet of Stonegrave.


Stonegrave Minster or Holy Trinity Church was founded before AD 757. The exterior is all of 1863 by G. Fowler Jones except for the unbuttressed tower of the 12th century. PLEASE LEAVE a DONATION to HELP in the upkeep of this fine church.





In the north aisle is a low tomb recess with a canopy containing the effigies of Robert Thornton (1418) and his wife, he is bearded and both are praying.


Some really fine stone carving of the capitals of the pillars of the north arcade.


A fine 10th century Anglo-Saxon wheel-head cross.


The round 'Romanesque' arches of the aisle, this three bay arcade may date from the 12th century.


West side of the west tower.

We then walked back across the fields to East Gilling. To make the walk 'circular' you can head south-west down the path and lane to the tiny hamlet of Cawton and walking east along the Ebor way back to Hovingham.



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