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Tower of Thornton Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Bishop Thornton, North Yorkshire

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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

Plus Code: 9C6W39FX+C6

Entry Name: Tower of Thornton Church

Listing Date: 13 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1149814

English Heritage Legacy ID: 330945

ID on this website: 101149814

Location: St John's Church, Bishop Thornton, North Yorkshire, HG3

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

Civil Parish: Bishop Thornton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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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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