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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Birkin, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.7324 / 53°43'56"N

Longitude: -1.1975 / 1°11'51"W

OS Eastings: 453035

OS Northings: 426524

OS Grid: SE530265

Mapcode National: GBR NT28.JR

Mapcode Global: WHDC2.KGY0

Plus Code: 9C5WPRJ2+XX

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 11 December 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1316671

English Heritage Legacy ID: 326057

Location: Birkin, Selby, North Yorkshire, WF11

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Birkin

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Birkin St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York

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Listing Text

SE 52 NW
(east side)
Church of St Mary

Church. C12 with C14 south aisle and upper stage of tower and C19 additions
and alterations. Magnesian limestone ashlar with stone slate roof and
wooden porch. West tower, 2-bay nave with south aisle, chancel and apse.
Tower: 2 stages. Slit openings to lower stage. Band. 2-light belfry
windows with Reticulated tracery. Band with gargoyles. Battlements and
pinnacles. C19 south porch contains Norman doorway of 4 orders, from outer
arch: medallions, chevron moulding, beakhead, and plain roll moulding to
inner arch. Colonnnettes to outer 3 arches with interlace and scallop
capitals. South aisle: plinth. 3-light, straight-headed windows with
Reticulted tracery under hoodmoulds and similar pointed window to west.
Similar 5-light window to east. Battlements to nave. Stone slate coping.
North side: chamfered plinth. Entrance to west under shouldered arch. Sill
band throughout. Central round-headed window with restored nookshafts and
hoodmould. Corbel table. Chancel: south side: priest's doorway dated 1883;
eroded, blocked lancet window; continuous sill band above; round-headed
window with nookshafts under hoodmould. Corbel table and ashlar coping to
gable to each side. 5-bay apse with pilaster buttresses: from south to
north: 2-light square-headed window with trefoil lights under elliptical
arch. Second bay has sill band and round-headed window with nookshafts with
scallop capitals supporting arch decorated with medallions under hood with
ball moulding. East window: 3-light window with Reticulated tracery to the
head under arch of beakheads beneath hood with ball moulding. Fourth bay:
sill band, round-headed window with nookshafts with scallop capitals
supporting arch of chevron moulding under hood with ball moulding. Fifth
bay: mock sill band and further band above. Corbel table. Interior: tall,
round tower arch, partly blocked by organ but with single nookshafts with
scallop capitals. Nave arcade has hexagonal pier and double-chamfered
arches ending in headstops. To north side a recessed niche containing early
C14 effigy of a cross-legged civilian holding his heart in his hand. To
south aisle an ogee-arched piscina. Tall chancel arch with 3 shafts with
scalloped volute capitals. Chevron moulding to arch. Arch to apse
supported on shafts with scallop capitals with volutes. Transverse arch and
2 ribs of heavy section in 3 rolls all on shafts with scallop capitals with
volutes. Sedilia. Font: cup-shaped with octagonal rim dated 1663 on
earlier base. Fragments of C14 glass in south aisle east window. Wall
mounument to Elizabeth Wright died 1783 signed J Fisher Sculpt/York. A late
C17 cartouche to Thornton family in chancel, another c1650, and one c1720
to William Harrison. In south aisle a C14 grave slab with incised cross.
This church is notable in retaining its C12 apse. Pevsner, N,
Yorkshire, The West Riding, 1979, pp 104-5.

Listing NGR: SE5303526524

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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