Church of St Mary the Virgin

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Church of St Mary the Virgin

Church of St Mary the Virgin
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4 178 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Although the first written mention of a church in Masham was in the Domesday Book of 1086 it is believed that there was undoubtedly a church here much earlier than that and, in addition to the Anglo-Saxon quoins (corner stones) built into three sides of the tower, the west end of the chancel also shows Anglo-Saxon stonework. The bulk of the building however probably dates from the 12th and 13th centuries.

The church is situated just off the Market Square and has a large and attractive cemetery with decent paths and benches aplenty for a bit of quiet relaxation. Arguably, the Church’s most impressive Anglo-Saxon feature is situated here, just outside the entrance to the church by the south porch. It is the remains of the lower section of what would have been large churchyard cross, probably dating from the 9th century, and the column is decorated in bands with panels depicting animals and Biblical scenes. The highest complete band depicts several Old Testament scenes.

The interior of the church has a light, roomy feel to it and has some attractive stonework, the most impressive feature perhaps being the attractive chancel arch. There are also several interesting items to look out for, the most famous probably being the painting of 'The Angel in Contemplation', thought to have been painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds (or at least from the Reynolds’ school) and gifted to the church by Sir William Danby of Swinton Park. It is mounted prominently above the chancel arch.

The other main feature of the church can be found in the north aisle and is the monument to the memory of Sir Marmaduke Wyvill of Low Burton Hall. Erected in 1613, this impressive monument shows effigies of Sir Marmaduke and Lady Magdalen Wyvill, while below them kneel their six sons and two daughters.

And when it comes to decorative stonework, I must say that I also liked the marble and stone reredos, which consists of three very ornate panels set beneath the attractive, stained-glass window.

There are several other wee gems to find here and we certainly enjoyed our visit. How lovely to have churches (well some of them at least) open again after all these Covid restrictions.
Written 8 July 2021
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Anne C
Bridlington, UK249 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Lovely historic place, walking around the churchyard we saw lots of ancient monuments to the residents of Masham and the surrounding areas, very peaceful place which allows you to take in the history of the area
Written 3 June 2021
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alan_uk1953
Scarborough, UK719 contributions
Oct 2020
Saw a sign in the market place for a Saxon cross. Although it was raining we did go to have a look. I do enjoy seeing such things from long ago
Written 7 October 2020
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chtraveler00
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK84 contributions
Sep 2020
Picturesque grounds in the lovely village of Masham as featured in the BBC show Strike. Church itself was closed due to the COVID crisis but you could walk around the grounds
Written 23 September 2020
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Anita
Scunthorpe, UK1 197 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Sadly, the chuurch was closed and it was raining when we visited, so we didn't get to make the most of it.
Still lovely though.
Written 31 August 2020
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32tonyn
Batley, UK1 724 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
I just walked around the graveyard has the church was closed at the time of my visit it’s beautifully tended and peaceful the church itself is in good order
Written 30 July 2020
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sanshelar25
London, UK70 contributions
Jul 2019
A great church with wonderful interior and so family friendly. A very helpful vicar and verger all grave stones are catalogued. The graveyard is well tended and had some fabulous wildflower sections
Written 16 August 2019
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William R
Dunstable, UK216 contributions
Aug 2019
Visited this church while waiting for the bus. It is only a small church, but no to be missed, as it's quite old and interesting, with some nice stain-glass windows, and a wooden roof. Also, the graveyard is worth looking at with some really old
headstones showing generations of families.
Written 7 August 2019
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yorkshirelad
York, England, United Kingdom258 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Visited it as part of the sculpt art in the churches exhibition. The church itself has some beautiful items to look at. Well worth a visit.
Written 16 July 2019
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Peter Goodburn
Catterick, UK131 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Well worth a visit when you are in Masham North Yorkshire.

Masham has a lot of places to visit including Theakston's Brewery and the Black Sheep Brewery - which was established many years ago by Paul Theakston
Written 20 May 2019
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