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Church of St Mary, Tadcaster

The church website itself describes the church as Victorian, but this is on the basis that the medieval church was completely dismantled in 1875-77 and raised approximately 5 feet to bring it above foreseen flood levels. This sufficed until the exceptional floods of 2015 when the River Wharfe burst flood defences and the church was flooded to a depth of 1 metre.

The church in practice has 12th century origins, although only one repositioned arch survives from that period. To the original nave and chancel a south aisle was added shortly after, and a north aisle in the mid 13th century, the arcade of which survives. The church was extensively rebuilt in c.1380 when the south aisle was extended to create the Nicholas Chapel, and the arch between the chancel and the chapel, with its rose decoration, is of this date. The porch, tower and north aisle chapel, now the vestry, were added in the 15th century. The final major work was the widening of the north aisle in 1897, retaining windows.

The overall impression from the outside is of a typical Perpendicular style church.

No significant fittings remain inside from the pre-Victorian church. The font was given in 1877 at the rebuilding, and the pulpit erected in 1912. The wooden part of this and the extensive screen work is largely early 20th century, created by members of the Hedley family.

A feature of the church is the extensive display of late Victorian stained glass. Of particular interest is the 5-light east window created by William Morris & Co with most of the panels designed by the pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones. A few were designed by William Morris himself.

The church is Listed Grade II* LinkExternal link
by Alan Murray-Rust

Created: Mon, 9 Oct 2023, Updated: Tue, 17 Oct 2023


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SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust
SE4843 : Church of St Mary, Tadcaster by Alan Murray-Rust


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