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Tower of Thornton Church, Bishop Thornton

Description: Tower of Thornton Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 13 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 330945

OS Grid Reference: SE2614264252
OS Grid Coordinates: 426142, 464252
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0735, -1.6020

Location: Bishop Thornton, North Yorkshire HG3 3JY

Locality: Bishop Thornton
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG3 3JY

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Listing Text

(west side, off)

8/24 Tower of Thornton Church


Tower of Roman Catholic church. C18. Coursed squared gritstone and
ashlar. 3 stages, with offset diagonal buttresses. Single-light windows to
first and second stages, paired lights to belfry stage, all with pointed
hoodmoulds. Eaves cornice, battlemented parapet. The first parochial
chapel on this site was built c1460 by the devout John Walworth, Forester to
the Archbishop of York, who lived at Raventoft Hall (qv). After the split
of the Anglican and Catholic churches Raventofts was a main centre of
Catholicism in the area, the priest of Thornton church living at the house.
By 1720 the church was in a poor state of repair and probably in 1790 was
replaced by the presbytery built then in Bishop Thornton village with a
chapel in the attic (qv). A new Catholic church was built next to the
presbytery in 1809, while the Anglican church was built in 1888.
B Jennings, A History of Nidderdale, 1967, p 401.

Listing NGR: SE2614264252

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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