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Latitude: 54.0735 / 54°4'24"N
Longitude: -1.602 / 1°36'7"W
OS Eastings: 426142
OS Northings: 464252
OS Grid: SE261642
Mapcode National: GBR KP7B.ZH
Mapcode Global: WHC80.CWD0
Entry Name: Tower of Thornton Church
Listing Date: 13 March 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1149814
English Heritage Legacy ID: 330945
Location: Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3
County: North Yorkshire
Civil Parish: Bishop Thornton
Traditional County: Yorkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire
SE 26 SE BISHOP THORNTON RIPLEY ROAD
(west side, off)
8/24 Tower of Thornton Church
Tower of Roman Catholic church. C18. Coursed squared gritstone and
ashlar. 3 stages, with offset diagonal buttresses. Single-light windows to
first and second stages, paired lights to belfry stage, all with pointed
hoodmoulds. Eaves cornice, battlemented parapet. The first parochial
chapel on this site was built c1460 by the devout John Walworth, Forester to
the Archbishop of York, who lived at Raventoft Hall (qv). After the split
of the Anglican and Catholic churches Raventofts was a main centre of
Catholicism in the area, the priest of Thornton church living at the house.
By 1720 the church was in a poor state of repair and probably in 1790 was
replaced by the presbytery built then in Bishop Thornton village with a
chapel in the attic (qv). A new Catholic church was built next to the
presbytery in 1809, while the Anglican church was built in 1888.
B Jennings, A History of Nidderdale, 1967, p 401.
Listing NGR: SE2614264252
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