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Church of St Mary, Thirsk

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: I
Date Listed: 20 June 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 333300

OS Grid Reference: SE4273782326
OS Grid Coordinates: 442737, 482326
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2349, -1.3458

Location: B1448, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PL

Locality: Thirsk
Local Authority: Hambleton District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO7 1PL

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There is also a scheduled monument, A Moated Site 100m East of St Mary Magdalene's 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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Listing Text

6/59 (west side)
Church of St Mary
GV (formerly listed as
Church of St Mary


A fine perpendicular church, outstanding in the region. Begun at the west c1430,
progressed eastwards, being completed in the later C15 as indicated by the flatter
chancel window arches. Restored by Street 1877. Possible fragments of earlier
building visible on west wall of nave. Sandstone ashlar. Lead roofing. Trefoil
pierced battlemented parapet and good gargoyles. 6-bay aisled nave and 2 bay aisleless
chancel, 3 storey west tower and 2 storey south porch. Crypt under chancel
(necessitated by hill site) has a shallow tunnel vault. West tower has large 3 light
windows and bell openings. 2-storey nave has 3-light depressed arched windows and
panel tracery. The 3-light aisle windows have 2-centred arches. The single storey
chancel has 3-light basket-arched windows. 5 light east window. Interior: nave
arcade has typical perpendicular pier, of a section of 4 shafts and 4 diagonal hollows,
and 2-centred arches. Chancel arch of 1877. Reproduction of fine wagon roof with
bosses which was removed because of wood beetle. C15 sedilia and screens to east of
ailes, somewhat restored. C15 north and south doors, the letter with wicket and very
fine carving. Glass: east window of south aisle C15 fragments. South-east window of
south aisle tracery figures by Holiday 1875. Fragment of brass of Robert Thirsk d1419.
Tablet Hon. Aurelia Frederica Storre Fisher of York 1778. Pevsner, N., Yorkshire, North
Riding, 1966, p365ff, K.C.H., Yorkshire, North Riding, 1925, p58ff.

Listing NGR: SE4273382325

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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