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Church of St Martin, Whenby

Description: Church of St Martin

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 17 May 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 332789

OS Grid Reference: SE6307869820
OS Grid Coordinates: 463078, 469820
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1204, -1.0364

Location: Whenby, North Yorkshire YO61 4SE

Locality: Whenby
Local Authority: Hambleton District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO61 4SE

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Listing Text

SE 66 NW
8/79 Church of St Martin
- II*

Church, now redundant. C15 with C19 and C20 restorations. Ironstone, Welsh
slate roofs. 2-bay nave and 2-bay chancel in one with continuous north aisle;
3-storey west tower; south porch. Tower: hollow-chamfered plinth; stepped angle
buttresses; blocked west doorway with continuously hollow-moulded pointed arch;
ringing-floor window of 2 trefoiled lights with cusped quatrefoil above; 2-light
flat-headed belfry opening with trefoil cusps; matching belfry opening to south;
chamfered single-light belfry opening to north. Nave: stepped buttresses that
between nave and chancel with sundial; crenellated parapet resting on ogee-sec-
tion string; windows hollow-chamfered, flat-headed and of 2 segmental-arched
cinque-cusped lights, with hood mould with head steps, one window on each side
of porch, which has angled buttresses on chamfered bases, rounded arch with
deeply recessed moulding on broached capitals, with hood mould, water table of
original shallow pitch, C19 gable with sacred monogram, in each side wall 2
unglazed 2-light flat-headed windows, hollow chamfered with trefoil heads to
lights and indented spandrels, internal brick floor and bench tables; inner
doorway has old door in continuously-moulded pointed arch of 2 orders, the outer
one a double ogee, then a deep hollow, the inner one hollow chamfered, and hood
mould with crude head stops. Chancel: windows as nave but more heavily
restored; parapet at slightly lower level than nave, angle buttresses at east
end; hollow-chamfered east window of 3 trefoiled lights with Perpendicular
tracery in pointed arch; crenellations stepped up to gable. North aisle: of
rubblestone and without crenellations; east window of 2 cinque-cusped lights
with Decorated tracery in pointed arch; on north side, easternmost window flat-
headed with large trefoils in 2 lights; other north windows match those to south
but without hoodmoulds blocked north door between nave aisle windows, contin-
uously chamfered and stopped at the bottom, with uneven rounded arch; west wall
of north aisle of ashlar, with buttress in angle with tower, and west window of
2 cinque-cusped lights with Decorated tracery in pointed arch above and hood
mould with cube stops. Interior: nave arcade of 2 double-chamfered arches with
octagonal pier and matching responds, hollow-chamfered bases, unusually-angular
section to capitals, and 3 face masks on western respond capital; chancel arcade
of 2 double-chamfered arches, lower and narrower than those in nave, with octa-
gonal pier, hollow-chamfered top to bases, capitals similar to those in nave but
with different capital to west, with torus shape on alternate facets, and leaf
facing east; tower arch tall and narrow, double-chamfered on corbels, with head
on that to north; 4-centred rere arch to south door; straight-chamfered segmen-
tal rere arches to windows; at north side of cast wall of chancel, Perpendicular
doorway with continuous hollow moulding; piscina on south wall with asymmetrical
chamfered arch similar to that of north doorway and C19 basin and tray; stoup to
right of east window of aisle, and in floor below altar, black marble slab
indented for 4 coats of arms and inscription; C15 octagonal moulded font basin
on narrow stern; early C19 roof trusses, that between nave and chancel trace-
ried; C15 chancel screen with cinque-cusped lights below Perpendicular tracery,
the top rail being an inverted rood beam morticed for a gallery; C17 screen to
north chapel with symmetrically-turned balusters above plain panelling, C17
altar table in chapel; old oak chest C16 oak benches, of thick sections of wood
and without decoration; George III coat of arms dated 1821 above south door;
cast-iron safe door with ogee-cusped tracery on north wall of tower. VCH ii,

Listing NGR: SE6307869820

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Source: English Heritage

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