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East Riding of Yorkshire (Unitary Authority)
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SE 98197 59328



9/18 Church of St Michael 20.9.66


Church. c1132 for the Prior of Kirkham Abbey, with later additions and alterations, including C14 windows, C15 upper stage of tower and addition of vestry, restorations and interior decoration of 1856-7 by J L Pearson and G E Street for Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet of Sledmere. Sandstone ashlar with grey slate roof. 3-stage west tower, 3-bay nave with south door and 2-bay chancel with single-bay north vestry. Tower has stepped and chamfered plinth and clasping full-height pilaster buttresses with off-sets. To west a round-arched entrance: studded plank door in surround of 4 orders, nook- shafts have scallop capitals, the outer 3 arches have chevron moulding, the inner arch is roll-moulded, all under decorative hoodmould, and with patterned abaci and impost bands. Mass clock to right. Above are 3 eroded figures. Above again a decorative sill band and round-arched window between single nook-shafts with volute capitals, 2 arches of chevron moulding under continuous hoodmould. Above a slit window and then, as all other sides, 2-light 4-centred arched belfry opening with Perpendicular tracery to head and hoodmould. South side of tower has a round-arched window to first and second stages. North side has a round-arched window to second stage. Embattled parapets with stepped corner and central pinnacles. Nave: chamfered- plinth and pilaster buttresses with off-sets to full-height between each bay, to north and south sides. Corbel table. South side: entrance to advanced gabled doorcase in first bay, a round-arched plank door within surround of 4 orders of nook-shafts with scroll and scallop capitals. Chevron moulding to first, third and fourth arches, otherwise roll-moulding. Hoodmould and abaci decorated with rosettes. To outer corners of the doorcase are single nook-shafts and abaci with nook-shafts above with scallop capitals supporting copings. To left of doorcase a round-arched window; similar window to second bay. To third bay a 3-light, pointed window with Decorated tracery to head under hoodmould. North side has a round-arched window to each bay. Chancel: chamfered plinth, pilaster buttresses and corbel table. South side: round-arched windows to each bay with incised zigag moulding to heads. North side: vestry; west side, has round-arched entrance, a studded door, imposts support roll-moulded head. North side of vestry has 2 round-arched windows. Otherwise chancel, north side has round-arched window with zigzag moulding to head. East end: plinth, clasping buttresses. Sill band supports 3 round-arched windows with shafts with scallop capitals between; chevron moulding to heads. Continuous hoodmould. Band. To gable a central round-arched window between 2 blind oculi with brattished moulding. Interior. Decoration designed by Street. Dado of Staffordshire tiles. Elaborate painted wall decoration to nave and chancel with Biblical scenes and months of the year. Painted barrel vaulted ceiling. Painting by Clayton and Bell. Norman tower arch heightened in C15 has single order of nook-shafts with scallop capitals, frieze, abaci and double-chamfered pointed arch. To south of tower arch a Caernarvon-arched doorway with fish-scale lintel. Chancel arch: single order of shafts with scallop capitals, 2 orders of roll-moulding, then hoodmould with balls and zigzag moulding. Above a 3-arched C19 arcade with scallop capitals, roll- moulding and hoodmould. Round-arched piscina with nook-shafts. White marble reredos by Street. C19 font and cover. Monuments: medieval knight with crossed legs; medieval lady, her head under a canopy. Pevsner N, Yorkshire, York and the East Riding, 1978, pp 235-6.

Listing NGR: SE9819459328


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Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire - York and the East Riding, (1972), 235-6


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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