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Church of St Agatha

A Grade I Listed Building in Easby, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3976 / 54°23'51"N

Longitude: -1.7158 / 1°42'56"W

OS Eastings: 418551

OS Northings: 500276

OS Grid: NZ185002

Mapcode National: GBR JKGL.BB

Mapcode Global: WHC6D.MQ5L

Entry Name: Church of St Agatha

Listing Date: 4 February 1969

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1131607

English Heritage Legacy ID: 322107

Location: Easby, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL10

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire

Civil Parish: Easby

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Easby with Brompton on Swale and Bolton on Swale

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

NZ 10 SE

4/41 Church of St Agatha



Church. C12, c1200, C13 and late C14, restored 1869 by Sir G G Scott.
Rubble; artificial slate, stone slate and lead roofs. 3-bay nave with west
bellcote, 2-storey south porch, south aisle and north transept, 3-bay
chancel. Nave, west end: C12; pilaster buttresses flank lancet with head-
stops to label; C19 2-light bellcote. Porch: late C14. Offset buttress to
left; double-chamfered pointed-arch doorway under label with shield stops,
and a trefoil-headed niche above, and a chamfered first-floor light; line of
Perpendicular roof below C19 gable; in west wall, early medieval grave cover
set in plinth and chamfered stair vent; inside porch a chamfered pointed-
arch doorway to east wall, 2 aumbry-like openings in west wall, chamfered
and shafted south nave doorway of c1200 with head stops to label and
original door; barrel vault. South aisle: late C14. Bays divided by offset
buttresses. Two 2-light Perpendicular windows with hood-moulds; a 2-light
chamfered mullion window. C19 ashlar parapet. Flat lead roof. East end of
aisle: medieval grave covers with foliate crosses built into plinth; 3-light
Perpendicular window. Artificial slate roof to nave, with ashlar copings.
Nave north wall: 2 lancets with head-stops to labels. North transept: early
C14. Plinth, and first-floor offset. Ground-foor window of 3 trefoiled
lights; small first-floor lancet. Chancel, south side: C12. Quoins to
right. Low small lancet; round-headed windows with hood-moulds flanking
chamfered pointed-arch priest's doorway with head-stops to label and
pilaster buttress to right; 2-light Perpendicular window; pilaster buttress.
Stone slate roof. Ashlar coping, gable cross. Chancel, east end: pilaster
buttresses flanking early C13 round-arched window of 3 pointed lights, with
head-stops to label. Chancel, north side: early C13. From east: hollow-
chamfered round-headed window; shallow projection of internal tomb recess
with stone roof; 2 similar windows; low small lancet. Interior: 3-bay
arcade of early C14 double-chamfered arches with labels and original chevron
stencils on late C13 octagonal piers with crude capitals; smaller late C13
double-chamfered arch to south chapel; early C14 double-chamfered arch to
north transept; C19 Early-English-style chancel arch. C12 bench table along
west wall returns along part of north wall. Outline of round-arched north
doorway. South doorway has chamfered segmental rear-arch and octagonal
stoup. To west,pointed-arch doorway with C14 door to porch staircase.
Above south door, Queen Anne coat of arms. In west wall of south aisle,
chamfered unglazed window from porch chamber. Romanesque lead-lined font
with delicate arcading on twisted colonettes and palmette frieze, on later
stem. South chapel: enclosed by 2- and 3-light Perpendicular wooden screens
with fragments of cresting; trefoil-headed piscina with nailhead decoration;
brass on south wall to Mrs Eleanor Bowes d1623. Chancel, south side:
trefoil-headed piscina with roll moulding; 3-seater sedilia with trefoil-
headed arches and mid C13 paintings of bishops. North side: tomb recess
with lidless coffin. Plaster cast of c700 Easby Cross, now in Victoria and
Albert Museum. East window: 3 small panels of medieval glass, C12 figures
of St John, a Premonstratensian Canon and a C15 angel. Wall paintings: the
church possesses a unique collection of mid C13 frescoes in the chancel
discovered during the C19 restoration of the church and delicately restored
by Burlinson and Grylls: on the reveals of the 2 easternmost north windows
are 4 Rogationtide figures depicting Sowing, Pruning, Digging and Hawking;
on the north wall are scenes from the Garden of Eden; on the south wall are
scenes from the Nativity and Passion. The church was served by
Premonstratensian Canons from Easby Abbey. VCH i, pp 62-64.

Listing NGR: NZ1854700273

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