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North Yorkshire
Hambleton (District Authority)
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SE 63078 69820


WHENBY - SE 66 NW 8/79 Church of St Martin 17.5.60 - II*

Church, now redundant. C15 with C19 and C20 restorations. Ironstone, Welsh slate roofs. 2-bay nave and 2-bay chancel in one with continuous north aisle; 3-storey west tower; south porch. Tower: hollow-chamfered plinth; stepped angle buttresses; blocked west doorway with continuously hollow-moulded pointed arch; ringing-floor window of 2 trefoiled lights with cusped quatrefoil above; 2-light flat-headed belfry opening with trefoil cusps; matching belfry opening to south; chamfered single-light belfry opening to north. Nave: stepped buttresses that between nave and chancel with sundial; crenellated parapet resting on ogee-sec- tion string; windows hollow-chamfered, flat-headed and of 2 segmental-arched cinque-cusped lights, with hood mould with head steps, one window on each side of porch, which has angled buttresses on chamfered bases, rounded arch with deeply recessed moulding on broached capitals, with hood mould, water table of original shallow pitch, C19 gable with sacred monogram, in each side wall 2 unglazed 2-light flat-headed windows, hollow chamfered with trefoil heads to lights and indented spandrels, internal brick floor and bench tables; inner doorway has old door in continuously-moulded pointed arch of 2 orders, the outer one a double ogee, then a deep hollow, the inner one hollow chamfered, and hood mould with crude head stops. Chancel: windows as nave but more heavily restored; parapet at slightly lower level than nave, angle buttresses at east end; hollow-chamfered east window of 3 trefoiled lights with Perpendicular tracery in pointed arch; crenellations stepped up to gable. North aisle: of rubblestone and without crenellations; east window of 2 cinque-cusped lights with Decorated tracery in pointed arch; on north side, easternmost window flat- headed with large trefoils in 2 lights; other north windows match those to south but without hoodmoulds blocked north door between nave aisle windows, contin- uously chamfered and stopped at the bottom, with uneven rounded arch; west wall of north aisle of ashlar, with buttress in angle with tower, and west window of 2 cinque-cusped lights with Decorated tracery in pointed arch above and hood mould with cube stops. Interior: nave arcade of 2 double-chamfered arches with octagonal pier and matching responds, hollow-chamfered bases, unusually-angular section to capitals, and 3 face masks on western respond capital; chancel arcade of 2 double-chamfered arches, lower and narrower than those in nave, with octa- gonal pier, hollow-chamfered top to bases, capitals similar to those in nave but with different capital to west, with torus shape on alternate facets, and leaf facing east; tower arch tall and narrow, double-chamfered on corbels, with head on that to north; 4-centred rere arch to south door; straight-chamfered segmen- tal rere arches to windows; at north side of cast wall of chancel, Perpendicular doorway with continuous hollow moulding; piscina on south wall with asymmetrical chamfered arch similar to that of north doorway and C19 basin and tray; stoup to right of east window of aisle, and in floor below altar, black marble slab indented for 4 coats of arms and inscription; C15 octagonal moulded font basin on narrow stern; early C19 roof trusses, that between nave and chancel trace- ried; C15 chancel screen with cinque-cusped lights below Perpendicular tracery, the top rail being an inverted rood beam morticed for a gallery; C17 screen to north chapel with symmetrically-turned balusters above plain panelling, C17 altar table in chapel; old oak chest C16 oak benches, of thick sections of wood and without decoration; George III coat of arms dated 1821 above south door; cast-iron safe door with ogee-cusped tracery on north wall of tower. VCH ii, pp.213-214.

Listing NGR: SE6307869820


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Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of York: North Riding, (1914), 213-214


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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