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Church of St Mary, Birkin

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 December 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 326057

OS Grid Reference: SE5303426511
OS Grid Coordinates: 453034, 426511
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7323, -1.1976

Location: Intake Lane, Birkin, North Yorkshire WF11 9LX

Locality: Birkin
Local Authority: Selby District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: WF11 9LX

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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: SE5303626516

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Source: English Heritage

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