The North-East corner of the church taken from the nave, showing two of the pillars and arches of the north aisle. These arches are higher and the pillars are both wider and taller than those in the older south aisle. The north aisle was added in the 15th century and rebuilt wider in the late 16th century. Four of the windows were re-used in this rebuild.
The West window of the North Aisle. The first pane shows an angel and 'Faith in God'. The second is of a small child and 'Innocence. Trust in God'. The middle shows an angel and 'Charity. Love to all Men'. The fourth shows a kneeling man and 'Reverence. With Gratitude to God'. The fifth shows an angel and 'Hope. For the Future'. The brass below reads: To the glory of God and in loving memory of dear ones gone before. This window was placed in this the Mother Church of Swaledale. By Captain Francis Horner Lyell. Lord of the Manors of Healaugh Old Land. Healaugh New Land and of Muker. AD 1897.
The former North door, possibly used by the monks from Bridlington Priory who resided in part of what is now Blackburn Hall. The British Legion standards may be seen here. On the left of the former North door are two wall plaques. The upper 'Mary dau. Jonathan & Mary Scott of Reeth 1837'. The lower 'Rev Thomas Edmondson XXIII years 1822'.
Below the war memorial window are two brass plaques commemorating the fallen of the two World Wars (show below). On the left is an area for reading and private prayer. On the right is the broken stoup besides the former North door. (A stoup was a holder for holy water so people entering the church could cross themselves. Many stoups were destroyed at the time of the Reformation.)
The former North door is now filled with the war memorial window. The figures are David, Saint George and Jonathan.
The upper brass reads: 'The above window is erected to the honour and memory of those men of this parish whose names follow and who, loving not their lives unto death fell in the service of their country, in the Great War 1914-1918.' There follows 19 names. 'To the living - Gratitude. For the Dead - Remembrance. For Posterity - Imitation.' The lower brass reads: 'The electric organ blower was installed in grateful memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the war 1939-45.' There follows 8 names.
The damaged stoup for holy water besides the former North door.
The Thomas Peacock monument. This was originally on the immediate left of the present position of the pulpit. It was moved during the 1897 restoration of the church and thus the doorway to the Rood screen was revealed.
The inscription reads: In memory of Thomas Peacock of Marrick who died December IV MDCCLXII aged CII years and Dorothy his wife who died December VI MDCCX aged years. Note that the engraver didn't know her age and left a space for it, but it was never completed!
The Barker window. It portrays, presumably, Jesus holding an infant in his arms and surrounded by other figures. The inscription reads: ' To the Glory of God and in memory of Ancestors buried in this Church this window is given by John Barker AD 1895' Below in the floor are two memorial stones: The memorial stone in the floor reads: 'ANN BARKER DAVGHTER TO ADAM ANN ELLEN BARKER DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY THE 17 1692.' (All the 'N's are reversed.) To protect the wool trade, at that time is was the law that bodies had to be buried in wool. Ann was buried in linen. Adam Barker of Level House, Old Gang was fined £5 by the High Sheriff of Grinton. Half of the fine went to the poor of the parish and the other half to Ralph Elliott who informed on Adam. and The memorial stone in the floor reads: 'Here lyes interd the body of Adam Barker who departed this life at Park Hall August the 27 as also the body of Sarah his daughter, who likewise departed this life June the 24. Anno Salutis 1701
The Swale family wall plaque.
The window probably showing the Virgin Mary. The next slide shows the close-up.
This window is made up from various pieces of medieval glass. Although one piece show a torture wheel which suggests the figure is possibly St Catherine, the crown makes it more likely that the figure is the Virgin Mary.
This floor monument is very worn and difficult to read. My best effort follows. I have used italics for guesses (they don't make sense) and / to mark new lines. Here / lies the body / of Mary the Daugh / tor of Thomas Margillel / Birkbeck who departed / this life at Thornton Rust / May 1 1812 agen 6 Years / Short was niv (her?) Stay on Earth. / Long Time must lie niv Rest. / The Lord give me il all / When lie ??? ??? ???
The double-sided Royal Arms of William III & Mary II(1689-1702), dated 1693. This originally hung at the top of the Chancel arch. It was usual for the congregation to be reminded who was king! The other side usually had the Arms of the bishop to remind the priest who was in charge! However, because at the Reformation Bridlington Priory had been taken by the crown, Grinton Church belonged to the king. In fact, the coat of arms is wrong. When William came to the throne he added the Dutch escutcheon of Nassau, a golden lion on blue, to the centre of the Arms. This is missing. It has been suggested (tongue in cheek) that this was deliberate by a Roman Catholic painter showing his displeasure of the Protestant favouring King William.
The East window of the North Aisle. This area behind the present organ, now the vestry, used to be the Swale family chapel. The otherwise plain glass window has this small shield of their coat of arms.
At the East end between the North aisle and the Chancel is this small former vestry or chantry chapel with its arched stone roof. The candle style light shows the Holy Sacrament is kept here in the aumbrey. This is so the vicar can take the bread & wine to the sick and others unable to attend the Holy Communion.
The church before the Victorian restoration in the late 1890s. The box pews and their oil lamps may be seen. The Peacock Monument is in its original position alongside the pulpit where it was hiding the doorway to the former rood screen. The remaining plaster covering the walls was removed and the exposed stonework re-pointed. There are still very small fragments of the ancient painted plasterwork on the Chancel side of the centre North aisle arches.
A photograph of the Church, I guess taken about the same time. It was taken from the hillside to the South behind the old corn mill which was demolished in the early 1950s.
The Wedding Rug. Heather Ritchie designed and hooked this rag rug to celebrate her mother's life. It is for the wedding couple to stand on at the chancel steps.
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