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Church of Saint Mary, Birdsall

Description: Church of Saint Mary

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 328733

OS Grid Reference: SE8182965392
OS Grid Coordinates: 481829, 465392
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0780, -0.7508

Location: Birdsall, North Yorkshire YO17 9NR

Locality: Birdsall
Local Authority: Ryedale District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO17 9NR

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Listing Text

SE 86 NW
3/30 Church of Saint Mary

Church. 1820's by Watson and Pritchett. Chancel and top stage of tower
1879-81 by Hodgson Fowler. For the Willoughby family, the Lords Middleton.
Limestone ashlar. West tower, 3-bay nave with boiler house to north, 2-bay
chancel with organ chamber to north. Gothic Revival. West tower: 3 stages,
with diagonal stepped buttresses. First stage: 2-light double-transomed
pointed window with blind panels holding shields to central section to west.
Semi-octagonal stair turret to north. Pointed doorway with crocketed hood-
mould and lead bas-relief of 2 figures flanking Middleton arms above to
south. Second stage: 2 moulded string courses, the second carrying lancet
window, to each face. Third stage: 3-light double transomed belfry openings
to each face. Openwork parapet with finials to octagonal angle turrets.
Nave: string course carries 3-light windows in Decorated style, with bays
divided by stepped buttresses surmounted by finials. Priests' door to
eastern bay on south side. Boiler house with pointed doorway to eastern bay
on north side. Chancel: 3-light Perpendicular windows to south with empty
tomb recess to eastern bay. Vestry to north: steps to pointed doorway with
square-headed 2-light window to right. East end: 5-light Perpendicular
window with door to crypt below flanked by empty tomb recesses. Interior: 2
black marble monuments on west wall to Henry Southeby, died 1662, and Anne
Southeby, died 1688. North wall: monument to Thomas Southeby, died 1729.
Memorial plaque flanked by termini and surmounted by pedestal and urn.
Signed by Rysbrack. South wall: monument to Sixth Lord Middleton by Sir
Richard Westmacott. White marble with figure of kneeling woman. Chancel:
C14 recumbent figure of a lady, with kneeling figure on either side, and the
soul, as a bird, ascending to heaven, above head. Pevsner N, Yorkshire,
York and the East Riding, 1972. York Georgian Society Annual Report 1975.

Listing NGR: SE8182965392

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Source: English Heritage

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