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East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
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TA 13425 35816


SWINE CHURCH LANE TA 13 NW (south side) 5/39 Church of St Mary 16.12.66 - I Church, formerly east appendix to nun's church at Cistercian nunnery. c1180, early C14, C15, rebuilding of west tower in 1787, C19 porch and vestry. Magnesian limestone ashlar with Welsh slate roof. 3-stage, west tower, 4-bay nave with clerestory, aisles and south porch, single-bay chancel with south vestry and north aisle chapel. Nave and chancel under continuous roof. Tower: plinth. Diagonal buttresses with off-sets. To west side a 2-light pointed window with reticulated-type tracery to head in double-chamfered surround under hollow-moulded hood. Slit window to right. South side has slit window. First-stage band. Second-stage band. To each side are 2-light belfry openings with Y-tracery in double-chamfered pointed surrounds under hoodmoulds. Cornice. Battlements with pinnacles to angles. Nave: south aisle; to west end a 3-light pointed window with reticulated tracery to head under hoodmould with face stops. South porch to first bay has pointed-arched opening with roll-moulding to head on cylindrical piers with hollow-moulded capitals in chamfered surround under hoodmould. Within a pointed plank door in hollow-and-roll moulded surround. Otherwise aisle has three 3-light, straight-headed windows with reticulated tracery in hollow-chamfered surrounds under hoodmoulds with face stops. To fourth bay a 2-trefoiled-light window under 4-centred-arch in hollow-moulded surround. Chamfered eaves. To east end of aisle a 3-light window with reticulated tracery to head in 4-centred surround under hoodmould, partly obscured by vestry. Clerestory has lancet lights to each bay with pilaster buttresses between. Corbel table continues across chancel. South chancel: vestry has pilaster buttress and pointed plank door under hoodmould with face stops. Hollow-chamfered cornice, low parapet, chamfered copings. To east of vestry a 2-light straight-headed window. Clerestory has 3-light window in 4- centred surround with Perpendicular tracery to head. North side: aisle continues across nave and chancel. End buttresses with off-sets. To first bay a pointed-arched plank door within chamfered surround with quatrefoil decoration to spandrels under hollow-moulded hoodmould with face stops. 3- light, straight-headed windows with reticulated tracery throughout under hollow-chamfered hoodmoulds with headstops. Low parapet. Chamfered copings. To east end of aisle a 5-light window with reticulated tracery in 4-centred surround. Clerestory has pilaster buttresses between bays. Lancets to first 5 bays, otherwise concealed by lean-to roof. Corbel table. East end has pilaster buttresses. 7-light window in 4-centred moulded surround with Perpendicular tracery under hoodmould with face stops. Interior. Double-chamfered, pointed tower arch with square abaci. 4-bay, pointed-arched, triple-chamfered arcades, those to 2 easternmost bays of north side have zigzag moulding to outer arch, all on cylindrical piers with scalloped capitals and square abaci set on moulded bases. Late C18 artificial stone font has 4-columnar stem surmounted by bowl. Pulpit: dated 'ANNO 1619' has decorative panels with blank round arches. Eight choir stalls with misericords: a man looking through his legs, 5 heads, a grotesque, and a griffin. Screens, to north-east chapel and to chancel: parts of 2 reused screens c1531 with linenfold panelling and columns with spiral and lozenge decoration. Monuments: 2 medieval coffins to west of aisles. Other alabaster effigial tombs to members of the Hilton family: a knight and his lady c1370 on a chest decorated with shields in quatrefoils in the south aisle; in north-east chapel c1393 to Sir Robert and his wife Constance on tomb chests with pairs of angels holding shields; c1372 to Robert Hilton and his wife Maud on a chest with shields and kneeling weeper; and c1400 to Robert Hilton on chest in process of restoration at time of Resurvey. Medieval graveslab with incised cross and remains of another. Pevsner N, Yorkshire, York and The East Riding, 1978, p 353-4. Routh P E, Medieval Effigial Alabaster Tombs in Yorkshire, 1976, pp 106-116.

Listing NGR: TA1342935816


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire - York and the East Riding, (1972), 353-4
Routh, P E, Medieval Effigial Alabaster Tombs in Yorkshire, (1976), 106-116


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 18 Oct 2003
Reference: IOE01/10953/17
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