Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust


February 12

Hon. Treasurer Needed

Are you looking to volunteer?

Can you spare some time to help the Trust? 

We are looking for a Treasurer to join the trustees. The Trust gives around £100,000 a year towards repairs to Yorkshire’s Places of Worship and we are looking for a retired or qualified accountant who would enjoy the prospect of helping with this work. It takes no more than one day spread throughout the month and anyone interested or needing more information should contact the chairman, Tom Ramsden, by email at tom@oldsleningford.co.uk

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January 31

Settle Churches Stroll

Join us on Thursday 8th March for a stroll around Settle, in partnership with Yorkshire Dales Millennuim Trust,  taking in six places of worship, including the historical Zion Chapel and tours of Giggleswick Chapel and Settle Quaker Meeting House.

Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear and bring a drink/snack. Optional lunch en route. Sorry, no dogs.

  • Meeting location: Giggleswick Chapel, Giggleswick BD24 0DE
  • Date & Time: Thursday 8 March 10:00am to 3:30pm
  • Cost: A suggested donation of £15 per person to be split between YDMT and Settle Churches Together.
  • Booking: For further information and booking please media@ydmt.org or call us on 015242 51002.

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January 31

Gold Medal recognition for YHCT grant committee stalwart

The winner of The King of Prussia Gold Medal was announced by Prince Nicholas Von Preussen the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association at a ceremony held at St Mellitus College, London on 26 October 2017.

The King of Prussia Gold Medal for church repair and conservation architecture was won by architects Richard Crooks Partnership for their work which brought back to life the historic St Mark’s Church, in Leeds, after extensive interior conservation. St Mark’s Church received a £500 prize.

Richard is a long serving dedicated member of the YHCT grants committee, and we are delighted to hear of this award.

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January 11

York stained glass tour


Join us on Tuesday 20th March for a walking tour of some of York’s finest stained glass.

This event is open to all members, and we are delighted that Holy Trinity Goodramgate is opening especially for us. The event will start at 10.30am with coffee and biscuits at the Kings Manor Refectory for coffee and biscuits.

After coffee we walk to Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, tucked away ‘in retirement’ and famous for its historic box pews. The church boasts a remarkable east window, given in 1471 by its rector John Walker.

From there we go to St Martin’s, Coney Street . The church was a casualty of wartime bombing, but its west window of 1437 had been removed to safety. Its scale and detail makes it one of the most rewarding medieval windows in the city.

Finally on to All Saints, North Street, probably the city’s most famous parish destination for stained glass lovers  with its unrivalled collection of stained glass, much of it the gift of the merchant families of York.

The tour will take about 3 hours and then the afternoon is free to enjoy York.

Booking form available here.

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November 7

East Yorkshire Autumn Tour

The East Yorkshire area group met on the 30th September for a fascinating tour of four ancient churches in the East Riding , followed by afternoon tea in Hotham.

Trustee Jane Hedley tells us about the day:

“16 friends of the Trust met for coffee at All Saints, North Cave, where Jane Crease began her excellent tour. The church has been patronised for many years by the Metham family, and we saw a window dedicated to a son who had died from Diabetes, the year before insulin was discovered. The alabaster Metham effigies had been mutilated by the Roundheads. The church has a very wide chancel arch and side aisles with no transepts. The East window is by Douglas Strachan, whose work we would see again at Hotham.

All Saints 1 North Cave 2


All Saints North Cave                    All Saints chancel

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November 2

Annual report and AGM


The Trust held its AGM on Saturday 28th October, following the very interesting South Yorkshire area group’s: ‘Day at St John’s, Ranmoor’.

A copy of the report and minutes from the meeting can be found here:

Annual report 2016

AGM 2016 minutes

A full copy of the accounts are available on request.

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September 13

Friends turn out for Ride +Stride


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Despite the rain, many friends of the Trust donned walking boots, oiled their bike chains or took to their cars, to visit churches on Saturday 9th September. They were all taking part in Ride+Stride, the annual sponsorship event raising funds for churches across Yorkshire.

The photos above show the Mickley Movers – a group of 11 cyclists who covered 45 km visiting churches across the Fountains parish nr Ripon.

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July 7

The Newts take on their own pilgrimage to raise funds for Ride +Stride


YHCT trustee Edward Waterson is gathering a team of fellow cyclists to take part in Ride +Stride on Saturday 9th September, to raise funds for the repair and restoration of Yorkshire’s churches.

Edward St Lawrence crop

Calling themselves ‘The Newts’, the group are planning a 14 mile route in the East Riding. The route takes in 7 churches and finishes with a well- earned cuppa in Everingham.

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May 16

Dreaming Spires

York St Lawrence Edward

Edward Waterson, YHCT trustee and Caroline Mozley at St Lawrence Church, York.

Article courtesy of The York Press article here

BRITAIN has made two great contributions to world culture, jokes Edward Waterson – the country house, and the parish church.

The sight of a church steeple dreaming amidst gently rolling hills and fields is as English as the sound of leather on willow. Whether you’re a churchgoer or not, it’s a sight that can lift the heart.

And many of our thousands of parish churches have stories to match their history: the tomb of Edward of Middleham, son of Richard III, at Sheriff Hutton, for example; or the extraordinary medieval wall paintings at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church in Pickering.

Yorkshire has more churches than any other English county – something like 3,500 of all denominations, though no-one seems exactly sure of the precise number.

The future of many of them, however, may be at risk.

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