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Church of St Mary, Tadcaster

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 12 July 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 326036

OS Grid Reference: SE4859343507
OS Grid Coordinates: 448593, 443507
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8855, -1.2622

Location: 40 Kirkgate, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire LS24 9AQ

Locality: Tadcaster
Local Authority: Selby District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: LS24 9AQ

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There is also a scheduled monument, Tadcaster Motte and Bailey Castle, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

(east side)

8/118 Church of St Mary


Church. Early C14-early C15, taken down in 1875-77, re-erected and raised
1.25 metres to make safe from floods. Magnesian limestone ashlar with Welsh
slate roof. 3-stage west tower, 3-bay aisled nave, south porch, 2-bay
aisled chancel. Tower. Diagonal buttresses with off-sets surmounted by
pinnacles. Round-arched west doorway in moulded surround under hood-moulds
with headstops. Above a 5-light window with recut panel tracery under hood-
mould with angel stops. South side has badly weathered canopied niche for
statue which breaks first floor band. Second stage band. Twin 2-light bell
openings to each side with small buttreses with offsets rising between each
pair supported by griffins and surmounted by pinnacles battlements and
pinnacles. South porch. Diagonal buttresses with offsets surmounted by
pinnacles. Pointed arch on double-chamfered surround under hood-mould.
Pointed doorway in double-chamfered surround. Nave and aisles. Chamfered
plinth. To south aisle and north and south nave clerestory, buttresses to
each bay with off-sets surmounted by pinnacles. To north aisle the
buttresses are single storey. Windows: straight-headed, 3-trefoiled lights.
String course with gargoyles and battlements. Chancel. Similar buttresses,
battlements and pinnacles to nave. Mainly 3-light, straight-headed windows
with Perpendicular tracery, those to south aisle under hood-moulds decorated
with badly-weathered fleurons. Pointed doorways to both aisles, to south
one under hood-mould, another under re-used Perpendicular traceried window
head. One single light window to south aisle. 5-light windows with
Perpendicular tracery to east end of chancel and to east end of south aisle.
Interior. Nave has north arcade of c1300 with circular piers with moulded
capitals and recut double-chamfered arches. To west end of south aisle, a
re-erected Norman arch with single order of nook shafts with decorated
capitals and chevron moulding to the head, with 2-light trefoil-headed
window inset. Chancel: double-chamfered arcade to south aisle with fleurons
to easternmost arch and on the capitals of the octagonal piers and responds.
2 double-chamfered arches to north. Stained glass: remains of medieval
glass to west end of south nave aisle. In the east window, Morris glass of
c1875-80. South aisle east window by Powell Bros. of Leeds, c1890. North
nave aisle, westernmost by Adam and Small of Glasgow, c1879. N Pevsner,
North Yorkshire: The West Riding, 1979, p 507.

Listing NGR: SE4859343507

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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