All Saints Kirkbymoorside

All Saints' Kirkbymoorside from the south

From origin to the present

In the Town centre (half way between Helmsley and Pickering on the A 170) turn right up Church Street. The  church is on the left.

Founded during the earliest days of Northumbrian Christianity, the Church stands on the site of an ancient Pagan Temple. Missionaries established a wooden structure in the 8th century which was destroyed by Vikings in the 9th who left behind some Scandinavian Crosses, fragments of which are in Hutton le Hole Museum.

A second Church was built only to be destroyed again in the 10th century. Although parts of this church remain, the present structure is a mixture of Norman columns and 15th century additions - including a Priests Chamber incorporated into the porch and a magnificent oak timbered roof.  Other features include a fragment of a Saxon sundial incorporated into a window surround, Norman Sedilia, piscina and windows, one with a medieval stained glass "the face of God the Father" and a magnificent Memorial Brass to Lady Brooke dating from 1600

For the inquisitive, the extensive and attractive Churchyard has a number of interesting headstones both ancient and modern!  All Saints is very much a living place of prayer, worship and fellowship.

Above details from the churches leaflet republished February 2000

Pevsner notes that

The E parts by Sir G.G. Scott 1873-5 (though one Norman chancel window was kept and in fact duplicated, and the C14 SEDILIA were kept), the W tower essentially C18..But in between lies plenty of medieval work.

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revised 17th July 2003