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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Birkin, North Yorkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.7324 / 53°43'56"N

Longitude: -1.1975 / 1°11'51"W

OS Eastings: 453035

OS Northings: 426524

OS Grid: SE530265

Mapcode National: GBR NT28.JR

Mapcode Global: WHDC2.KGY0

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 11 December 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1316671

English Heritage Legacy ID: 326057

Location: Birkin, Selby, North Yorkshire, WF11

County: North Yorkshire

District: Selby

Civil Parish: Birkin

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Birkin St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York

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Listing Text

BIRKIN INTAKE LANE
SE 52 NW
(east side)
4/3
Church of St Mary
11.12.67

GV I
Church. C12 with C14 south aisle and upper stage of tower and C19 additions
and alterations. Magnesian limestone ashlar with stone slate roof and
wooden porch. West tower, 2-bay nave with south aisle, chancel and apse.
Tower: 2 stages. Slit openings to lower stage. Band. 2-light belfry
windows with Reticulated tracery. Band with gargoyles. Battlements and
pinnacles. C19 south porch contains Norman doorway of 4 orders, from outer
arch: medallions, chevron moulding, beakhead, and plain roll moulding to
inner arch. Colonnnettes to outer 3 arches with interlace and scallop
capitals. South aisle: plinth. 3-light, straight-headed windows with
Reticulted tracery under hoodmoulds and similar pointed window to west.
Similar 5-light window to east. Battlements to nave. Stone slate coping.
North side: chamfered plinth. Entrance to west under shouldered arch. Sill
band throughout. Central round-headed window with restored nookshafts and
hoodmould. Corbel table. Chancel: south side: priest's doorway dated 1883;
eroded, blocked lancet window; continuous sill band above; round-headed
window with nookshafts under hoodmould. Corbel table and ashlar coping to
gable to each side. 5-bay apse with pilaster buttresses: from south to
north: 2-light square-headed window with trefoil lights under elliptical
arch. Second bay has sill band and round-headed window with nookshafts with
scallop capitals supporting arch decorated with medallions under hood with
ball moulding. East window: 3-light window with Reticulated tracery to the
head under arch of beakheads beneath hood with ball moulding. Fourth bay:
sill band, round-headed window with nookshafts with scallop capitals
supporting arch of chevron moulding under hood with ball moulding. Fifth
bay: mock sill band and further band above. Corbel table. Interior: tall,
round tower arch, partly blocked by organ but with single nookshafts with
scallop capitals. Nave arcade has hexagonal pier and double-chamfered
arches ending in headstops. To north side a recessed niche containing early
C14 effigy of a cross-legged civilian holding his heart in his hand. To
south aisle an ogee-arched piscina. Tall chancel arch with 3 shafts with
scalloped volute capitals. Chevron moulding to arch. Arch to apse
supported on shafts with scallop capitals with volutes. Transverse arch and
2 ribs of heavy section in 3 rolls all on shafts with scallop capitals with
volutes. Sedilia. Font: cup-shaped with octagonal rim dated 1663 on
earlier base. Fragments of C14 glass in south aisle east window. Wall
mounument to Elizabeth Wright died 1783 signed J Fisher Sculpt/York. A late
C17 cartouche to Thornton family in chancel, another c1650, and one c1720
to William Harrison. In south aisle a C14 grave slab with incised cross.
This church is notable in retaining its C12 apse. Pevsner, N,
Yorkshire, The West Riding, 1979, pp 104-5.


Listing NGR: SE5303526524

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