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Church of St Andrew, Heslerton

Description: Church of St Andrew

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 October 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 329349

OS Grid Reference: SE9261176653
OS Grid Coordinates: 492611, 476653
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1773, -0.5826

Location: A64, Heslerton, North Yorkshire YO17 8RL

Locality: Heslerton
Local Authority: Ryedale District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO17 8RL

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Listing Text

SE 97 NW
5/10 Church of St Andrew
Church. 1877. By G E Street for Sir Tatton Sykes. Sandstone ashlar on
chamfered plinth; polished grey stone columns. Tiled roofs except to spire
which is of stone slates; wrought-iron crosses to spire and chancel. West
porch; 5-bay nave, south baptistry and north tower; raised chancel and
vestry. Open narthex porch on columns with foliate capitals. Pointed west
door of 2 orders, the inner with fleuron mouldings, on paired side shafts.
Recessed flanking lancets. Continuous hoodmould on foliate corbels. Over
narthex, recessed window of 5 stepped lancets beneath semicircular moulded
arch. Crocketed gable cross. On south side, baptistry projects at western
end, with sexfoil window in gable end. 3 lancets with side shafts and
gabled buttress to east. Moulded sill and impost bands. Nave north side
west of tower repeats the south side. 2-stage square tower is angle-
buttressed, on chamfered roll-moulded plinth, and has north-west vice with
slit openings. Pointed west door on leafy iron hinges beneath hoodmould
continuous with nave sill band. Pointed recessed windows over door and in
north face, of 3 stepped lancets with slender shafts and moulded capitals
beneath hoodmoulds. Sexfoil window to east. Around upper edge of this
stage is a band of 3 lancets to all sides except south. Octagonal bell-
stage, broached at base, has louvred lancet openings recessed beneath
continous hoodmould. Between bell openings are 4 statues, originally
destined for Bristol Cathedral, on carved brackets beneath trefoil-headed
canopies. Octagonal spire over corbel table, with lucarnes and quatrefoils
recessed in roundels. Chancel windows are lancets beneath pointed arches on
shafts with foliate capitals. Moulded sill and impost bands. Windows
separated by dwarf shouldered buttresses on double-chamfered bases,
continuing as pilasters above impost band. Vestry projects on north side,
with east window of 5 stepped lancets beneath gable end. Half-conical roof
to apse, with wheel gable cross. All gables coped, and pierced cresting to
nave, baptistry and vestry roofs. Splendid castellated rainwater hoppers
with tourelles survive around the eaves.
Interior: tall pointed tower arch of 2 orders, the inner on shafts with
moulded capitals, the outer roll-moulded. Similar chancel arch on clustered
shafts with moulded capitals beneath leaf-stopped hoodmould. Low pointed
vestry arch, north of chancel, is keel-moulded beneath similar hoodmould.
All window openings have shafts with foliate capitals and leaf-stopped
hoodmoulds. Moulded sill and impost bands. Double sedilia beneath trefoil-
arches with dogtooth moulding and side shafts; continuous leaf-stopped
hoodmould. 2 trefoil-headed piscinae. Charming low-relief carving of The
Annunciation in tympanum of tower vestry-door.
Original fittings survive intact. Lobed octagonal font with carved sides on
pedestal of clustered columns and with flat cover enriched with fleur-de-lys
wrought ironwork. Polished grey stone pulpit. Wrought-iron baptistry and
rood screens, the latter on polished grey stone plinth. Painted polyptych
altarpiece. All the Clayton and Bell stained glass survives. Particularly
notable, the delightful Creation almost hidden by the organ, and the west
window Nativity.
Roofs. 4 bays of nave wagon-roofed in timber: fifth bay cross-vaulted in
timber. Chancel and tower are rib-vaulted in stone. Chancel has centre
boss over apse, the tower an oculus. Baptistry is tunnel vaulted.
Church is notable for being a complete survival of a Street design, without
alteration and with fittings intact.

Listing NGR: SE9261276652

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Source: English Heritage

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