St Nicholas Church, Wigginton, is at the
south-west corner of Church Lane and Back Lane. The name of the village
is thought to be Norse in origin, the root deriving from 'Vikigr-ton',
or Viking hamlet. The origins of the church are unknown, but there was a
chapel in the village in the middle of the thirteenth century (1247),
when the parish was held by York Minster. The first recorded mention of
the church was in 1424, when the bishop of Dromore was given licence to
That church of 1424 appears to have been built of
magnesium limestone, and roofed with orange clay tiles, many thousands
of which can still be found on the site. No record of its appearance is
known to have survived. The present church was built in 1860, dedicated
as St Mary & St Nicholas Church. Constructed in the Gothic
style, it consists of a nave without aisles, a quire, a north porch and
a western bell cote containing two bells. It was rededicated in 2008 as
Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church, Haxby,
stands on the western side of The Village, opposite Sandy Lane. The church
stands at the point where the two villages of Haxby and Wigginton merge
together. The present Wesleyan Methodist chapel was founded in the
nineteenth century, as was a Primitive Methodist chapel which probably
closed at the Methodist Union. Also in Haxby is St Margaret Clitherow
Catholic Church, 3 Holly Tree Lane, founded in 1985.
The Parish Church of St Mary, Haxby, is located
on the northern side of The Village, opposite Haxby Shopping Centre.
Originally services were probably held in the open, perhaps around a stone
cross, the ninth or tenth century base of which survives on the south side
of the church. Until the fourteenth century, people generally travelled to
Strensall church. A burial ground in Haxby was dedicated on 17 June 1328,
and in 1472 the villagers gained their own priest.
A chapel of ease was built here in the sixteenth century,
but became very dilapidated and was described as an 'unsightly building,
inconveniently arranged inside. In appearance it looked more like a large
barn than a temple'. The old church was destroyed by fire in 1876. It was
rebuilt in 1878 in the early Gothic style. In 1911 the church tower was
moved, the nave was extended to the west and a porch added. The 'new' church
was dedicated on 16 November 1911.
St Wilfred's Garrison Church, Strensall, lies on
the south-east corner of St Wilfred's Road and Howards Road, which itself
is on the edge of Strensall Camp to the south of the village. Formed by the
War Office in 1884 for training troops, the camp covers about 1800 acres and
stretches to Towthorpe. During the latter half of the twentieth century, the
camp was known as Queen Elizabeth Barracks. The date at which the brick-built
church was opened is unknown.
Four photos on this page contributed by Colin Hinson,
and one by St Nicholas Church Wigginton.