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Gallery: Churches of North Yorkshire

by Peter Kessler, 17 July 2011



Hambleton Part 3: Churches of Northallerton to East Rounton

St Thomas' Church

St Thomas' Church, Brompton, lies on the eastern side of the semi-circle formed by Church View in the northern half of the village, A wooden cross, replaced by a stone cross which was rediscovered in 1867, stood here during the Saxon period, with the first church being built by the eleventh century. In 1386-1843 the church was a chapel of ease to All Saints Northallerton. The building underwent a major restoration in 1867 and this is largely what is seen today.

Brompton (Wesleyan) Chapel

Brompton (Wesleyan) Chapel stands on the eastern side of The Green, midway along, in Brompton. Roger Langdale led the first meeting here in 1784 in a weaver's cottage. The first chapel was built in 1794 and the present larger building replaced it on the same site in 1813. This and the Primitive Methodist Chapel merged in 1970, moving to a Methodist Church premises (see below). The old chapel was converted into business premises named Chapel House.

Brompton Methodist Church

Brompton Methodist Church is at the southern end of The Green, facing northwards. The building was a conversion of the former Wesleyan Sunday School, designed to replace both the Wesleyan Methodist chapel and the Primitive one. The work was completed in 1970. Nearby, in 1820, Brompton Primitive Methodist Chapel was built on Cockpit Hill. It merged with the Methodist church in 1970. There was also a Brompton Baptist Chapel, opened in 1850.

All Saints Northallerton

All Saints Deighton stands on the eastern side of Deighton Lane, immediately south of the western turning. The church is mostly modern, built in stone, perhaps in 1715, to judge by an inscription above the exterior of the porch. It consists of a long chancel, a nave, north vestry, south porch, and west bell cote with two bells. In the north wall of the chancel is an old two-light square-mullioned window of the domestic type. A sundial bears the date 1722.

St Leonard's Church

St Leonard's Church, Welbury, is on the eastern side of Tofts Lane, about fifty metres (yards) north of Shire Garth, towards the southern end of the village. It probably dates to the twelfth century but the chancel was entirely rebuilt by the Victorians and the nave was modernised so that there is little original detail other than a piece of carved stone now preserved in the north wall. The church consists of chancel, small north organ chamber, vestry, nave, and south porch.

The Church of St Lawrence

The Church of St Lawrence, East Rounton, stands on the western side of the lane that runs north through the hamlet, at the northern end. It probably dates to the thirteenth century, and may have been partly built by lay workers from Mount Grace Carthusian Priory. In 1884, it was completely restored by Sir Lowthian Bell, an artistically aware patron who employed some of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. Much of the original masonry was re-used.

All photos on this page contributed by Colin Hinson.

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