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Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade II* Listed Building in Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.3051 / 54°18'18"N

Longitude: -1.0645 / 1°3'52"W

OS Eastings: 460968

OS Northings: 490347

OS Grid: SE609903

Mapcode National: GBR PL0N.BH

Mapcode Global: WHF9K.M19Z

Plus Code: 9C6W8W4P+25

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 18 March 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1149272

English Heritage Legacy ID: 328288

ID on this website: 101149272

Location: North Yorkshire, YO62

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale

Civil Parish: Helmsley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Helmsley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York

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Church of St Mary Magdalene

(Formerly listed as Church of St Mary Magdelene)


Church. 1882. By Temple Moore. Dressed sandstone, lead roof to south aisle, Westmorland slate roof to nave. In Gothic Revival style. Single cell nave and chancel with lean-to south aisle incorporating slightly projecting south door.

West end: clasping buttresses at corners with central pilaster buttress containing two-light trefoil-headed window with quatrefoil tracery. Bellcote above has two Tudor-arched bell-openings surmounted by pinnacle with lucarnes and crockets. South wall of nave; small single light trefoil-headed window to left of door. South door: board door beneath pointed arch with hoodmould and label-stops, projecting slightly from line of south aisle. Two square-headed two-light cusped aisle windows to right. Square-headed two-light cusped window to chancel. Traceried three-light pointed east window. Roof of south aisle of very shallow pitch with gable coping. Steeply-pitched roof to nave and chancel, with gable coping (Pevsner, 1966)

Interior: nave and chancel under a single painted wagon roof. Single south aisle, with pillars to the nave, and a painted roof. Very simple fittings including a font, wooden pews and reading desk, carved and painted wooden reredos and iron light fittings.

History: recent research suggests that this was one of the last buildings designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott Jnr, and that the construction was supervised by Temple Moor who had been Scott's pupil, but who by this time had set up in practice on his own.

Listing NGR: SE6096890347

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