Wensley Church

Wensley church is an historical gem, as I mentioned in my last blog. It’s worth travelling quite a distance to see. Here are some of the highlights. Holy Trinity church dates to at least the 12th century, though there may well have been a church on this site in Anglo-Saxon times.

Fortunately, the Victorian “restorers” more or less left the building alone, hence its rich treasures.DSCF1364

Firstly, here are some Anglo-Saxon grave-markers, now set in the interior wall of the church.

 

The wall paintings are very faint, but probably date to the early 14th century:

 

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Here’s a wooden alms box and reliquary which probably came from Easby Abbey after the dissolution of Henry VIII:

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The oak choir benches in the chancel date to 1527 and are the work of the Ripon Carvers, notice the ancient choristers graffiti. The carved creatures include a leopard, a greyhound, a dragon, a hare etc. Hidden away on one of the benches is a representation of a green man:

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The brass of Sir Simon de Wensley, who died in 1394, is considered to be the finest example of a monumental brass in an English parish church. It shows Sir Simon, a member of the Scrope family, in full canonical vestments with a chalice at his breast and sacramental bread:

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The font dates to the 16th century:

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The double-decker pulpit was erected in 1760 at the cost of £12. 4s. 10d:

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The Bolton family pew is Jacobean:

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And there is so much more, which I’ll let you discover for yourself…

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Published by John Bainbridge

Rambler, hillwalker, stravaiger and trespasser, access campaigner. Novelist writing historical and period crime fiction.

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