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Description: Church of St Mary
Date Listed: 20 June 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 332878
OS Grid Reference: SE5136979676
OS Grid Coordinates: 451369, 479676
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2103, -1.2139
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KILBURN HIGH AND LOW LOW KILBURN
8/20 Church of St Mary
Church. C12, C13 and C17 with later alterations including restoration of 1818.
Coursed squared stone, Welsh slate roofs. 3-bay nave with west tower, south porch,
north aisle and north vestry and 2-bay chancel with north chapel. Tower: 1667
restored 1818; in Perpendicular style; quoins; chamfered plinth; west end has offset
diagonal buttresses and elliptical-arched Y-tracery window (probably C19) below
cusped light; a cusped 2-light window to each side of belfry stage; moulded string,
with gutter above it on south side, below embattled parapet with crocketed corner
finials. Nave and chancel have pointed-arched openings; chamfered eaves; kneelers,
ashlar coping and cross finials to gables and crested roof ridges. Nave: to left
of porch set against nave wall is mid C18 headstone commemorating 8 children of
Christopher and Elizabeth Sturdy having a segmental pedimented top with dentil and
egg-and-dart moulding. C19 porch has doorway below blind opening with defaced
crucifixion and C18 sundial in gable; a cusped 2-light window to each return; inside,
an early C12 narrow round-arched doorway with 3 orders of chevrons on columns with
decorated cushion capitals and billeted hoodmould, partly restored. To right of
porch, two 2-light Decorated-style C19 windows. North aisle has offset diagonal
buttress at west end; two 2-light double-chamfered mullion windows, the western
one C20; and a lancet in the west side of the vestry. Chancel: chamfered plinth;
restored priests' door with small chamfered 2-light window to left and restored
lancet to right; C19 east window of 3 stepped lancets under hoodmould and relieving
arches; two restored lancets under sexfoiled circular window to east end of north
chapel and a tall 2-light double-chamfered mullion window to north side of the
chapel. Interior: recessed round tower arch with imposts; restored late C12 3-bay
pointed-arch north arcade on circular columns with simply-moulded bases and water-
leaf capitals; C12 elliptical chancel arch of 3 orders (plain and chevron) under
restored billeted hoodmould on columns with decorative bases and cushion capitals
(much restored); flanking imposted archway into north chapel are two C13 grave slabs,
the northern one having a cross with stepped base and foliated head, hammer and
shield, and the southern one having a pastoral staff with flabella. White marble
memorial by Flaxman portraying couple mourning four children. C19 scissor-braced
roof trusses. Benefaction boards in tower. In north aisle probably C17 bench pews
with knob finials and added baluster-type candlestick holders, and a bell dated
1684 with decorative mouldings to top. The church was originally a chapel under
the Priories of Coxwold, then Newburgh and finally Thirkleby; it became a separate
parish church in 1868.
N Pevsner, Buildings of England, The North Riding.
Guide notes in church.
Listing NGR: SE5136979676
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