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Church of St Peter and St Felix, Kirby Hill

Description: Church of St Peter and St Felix

Grade: I
Date Listed: 4 February 1969
English Heritage Building ID: 322750

OS Grid Reference: NZ1402906598
OS Grid Coordinates: 414029, 506598
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4546, -1.7851

Location: Stonygate Bank, Richmond DL11 7JH

Locality: Kirby Hill
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL11 7JH

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Listing Text

(north side)
18/49 Church of St Peter and St



Church. C12, C13, C14, C15 and C19. Rubble, stone slate roofs. 3-stage
west tower, 3-bay aisled nave with south porch, 2-bay chancel with north
vestries. Tower, dated 1397: chamfered plinth; stepped diagonal buttress to
left, with worn inscription "AD MCCCLXXXXVII", and below it a later
inscription "This Church built Anno Dom 1397 M.T.", and at the top of the
buttress a carved figure with musical instrument; stair turret to right with
chamfered light vents; chamfered pointed-arched single-light ground-floor
window with label; clock and small trefoiled light with hoodmould on second
stage, repeated on north side; offset third stage with flat-headed belfry
opening of 2 trefoiled lights with hoodmould repeated on all other sides;
string with gargoyle, and shields at corners, below crenellated parapet.
West ground-floor tower window, hollow double-chamfered, of 2 trefoiled
lights and Perpendicular tracery above; hoodmould with head stops. Against
the south side is a tombstone commemorating Lucy, wife of Rev James Stubbs,
who was buried in the wall in 1805. Porch: late C14; stepped diagonal
buttresses; pointed-arched doorway continuously-moulded with hollow chamfer,
with label; image niche above with modern figure of St Peter; crenellated
ashlar parapet with corner pinnacles and central cross-legged figure. Left
return of porch: small vent blocked with copper plaque commemorating John
Allen of Fox Hall d1822. Inside porch: bench tables; barrel vault; set into
east wall, piece of stone carved with miniature interlaced Romanesque
arcading. Inner doorway: pointed-arched, continuously-moulded with hollow
double chamfer and with high stop-chamfers, label with shield at apex and
head stops. South aisle: C15; chamfered plinth; stepped diagonal buttress
to right; stepped buttress flanked by C19 Perpendicular-style 2-light
triple-cusped flat-headed windows; set into wall, fragments with chevron
motif, 2 halves of a small cross slab grave cover, voluted capital with face
mask; chamfered string. East window of south aisle: chamfered plinth;
2-light cinque-cusped flat-headed window with Perpendicular tracery above.
Nave south clerestory: late C15; 3 windows, each of 2 pointed cinque-cusped
lights in deeply-chamfered segmental-arched opening with label with head
stops. North aisle: early C14; single-light trefoiled east window in tall
pointed opening with label with head stops; north side has stepped clasping
end buttresses; boarded north doorway, pointed-arched continuously-moulded
with hollow chamfer and label; buttress flanked by flat-headed windows of
cinque-cusped lights, that to west C19. Clerestory as south side. Chancel:
late C12; battered plinth below roll moulding; from left, pilaster buttress;
early C14 window of 2 trefoiled lights with star-shaped tracery and label
with heads at apex and to right stop; part of blocked round-arched doorway;
chamfered pointed-arched priest's door with label with head to left, and
above it a blocked Romanesque window; pilaster buttress; window of 2 pointed
lights with lozenge above with label with small head stops; stepped diagonal
buttress; corbel table, some with heads. East end: battered plinth below
roll; sill roll; C13 window of 3 pointed lights in double-chamfered opening
with four-centred arch and label with head stops, flanked by 2 worn heads,
and with other old fragments in walls. Added stepped buttress to right at
junction with early C14 gabled vestry which has window of 2 trefoiled lights
with star-shaped tracery, and label with head stops, the heating chamber and
air-raid shelter added on to east end not of special interest; north side of
vestry has chamfered plinth and stepped buttresses, flanking trefoiled
single-light window with matching C19 window to west. Interior: north
arcade: early C14; 3 bays; octagonal piers, chamfered pointed arches with
labels, the easternmost arch smaller and with shafted respond with mid-band.
South arcade: C15; 2 bays; chamfered pointed arches on octagonal pier.
Tower arch: sharply pointed, of 2 chamfered orders dying into abutments;
above it the scar of a lower steeply-pitched roof. Lower stage of tower has
taller chamfered rear arches to windows and vault with 8 chamfered ribs and
central bell-way; against the west wall is propped a large piece of carved
woodwork, possibly the front of a large pew, inscribed "CN. MW. CA. MC. MB.
ANNO DOM 1639". North windows contain carved grave slabs, eg cross base in
jamb of west window, and cross with sword and Latin inscription used as
lintel to eastern window. Near the south door is the font, a circular bowl
on a moulded base. Chancel: pointed arch on altered shafted responds,
formerly with ambo; on the north side, sill string to late C12 round-arched
window with splayed reveal of exposed Romanesque masonry, now giving onto
eastern vestry, and old door to vestry in continuously-hollow-moulded
pointed-arched opening; on south side, piscina basin. Vestry: piscina basin
and chamfered square aumbry in east wall. C19 roofs; 4-bay barrel-truss to
chancel, 4-bay elaborately traceried king-post trusses to nave. Good C19
rood screen within chancel arch. Monuments: in chancel, below the piscina,
C17 panel with Latin inscription commemorating Lucy Robinson, in moulded
frame; on north wall a marble monument to Thomas Wycliffe of Richmond d1821,
last surviving male descendant of the reformer Wycliffe, with urn on
pedestal above inscription and coat of arms below, by Bennet Flintoft, York.
Above north arcade, wall monuments to Rebecca Lax d1775 and Hannah Lax
d1811, with urn, by Fisher of York; and also by him one to Thomas Lax of
Ravensworth Park d1851, with draped urn. At east end of north aisle, wall
monument to Francis Laton d1609 and wife Ann d1622, with many coats of arms
on cartouches. Above south arcade, wall monument to John Hind of Gayles,
d1836. On south wall of south arcade, large plaque with Latin inscription
commemorating Rev Dr John Dakyn D D, d1558, founder of the Grammar School
(qv) and Almshouses (qv), the monument being of later date, having the
inscription on the frieze below the cornice "G. DAWSON ET I. COATES.
GARDIANI AD MDCCCXXIV", and is signed "Tallentire, sculp". Also relating to
the Dakyn charities is a wooden press at the west end of the south aisle,
with 3 padlocks and the inscription "M. GLOVER, I. HENDERSON. WARDENS.
1784". Hanging on the wall nearby are Dr Dakyn's Statutes founding the
charities, wood-bound and in a frame. VCH i, pp 95-97.

Listing NGR: NZ1403406603

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