Description: Old Church of Holy Rood
Date Listed: 23 June 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 333236
OS Grid Reference: NZ4832902446
OS Grid Coordinates: 448329, 502446
Latitude/Longitude: 54.4152, -1.2568
There is also a scheduled monument, Whorlton Castle: a Motte and Bailey and Tower House with Associated Garden, Earthworks, Ponds, Park Pale, Field System, Deserted Village and Church, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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NZ 40 SE WHORLTON WHORLTON LANE
9/177 Old Church of Holy Rood
(formerly listed as Church
23.6.66 of the Holy Cross, now
Church now a controlled ruin except for chancel, still in occasional use as
mortuary chapel. Mid and late C12, C13 and C14 with C19 and C20 restorations.
Remaining are; nave arcades, south tower-porth, fragments of west wall; and
chancel. Older parts small roughly-coursed sandstone, later parts coursed squared
tooled sandstone. Tower roof stone slates, chancel roof Welsh slate.
North arcade (buttressed in C19 but west bay gone) has scalloped capitals and
single-chamfered arches. Similar capitals to piers of roll-moulded chancel
arch. Taller south arcade has stepped arches on moulded capitals. Inserted
C14 Tower has pointed-arched inner door, ogee-headed bell openings and plain
blocking course below pyramidal roof with ball-on-spike finial. Remnant of
quatrefoil-panelled parapet over south arcade, perhaps added when tower was
built. Gabled buttresses to chancel.
Chancel windows pointed geometrical with heavy headstopped hoodmoulds, except
for one of 3 lights with carved shields over and a restored C14 east window.
A projection on the north wall accommodates a large relocated late Perpendicular
tomb recess with an earlier oak effigy. Replaced timber roof. Trefoiled piscina
and a tub font on chamfered plinth. Small, blocked pointed-arched priest's
Listing NGR: NZ4834002455
Source: English Heritage
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