We are delighted to invite you to the programme of events we run throughout the year. Booking details are available below, either by contacting Vanessa White on Tel: 07786 656883 or emailing:

We were delighted so many of you joined us for our series of monthly Zoom talks in February, March and April 2021 and 2022.

The lectures were very popular and we received fantastic feedback:

I just wanted to say how very much I have enjoyed the talks online over the past few months.  They have all been excellent, and so instructive and interesting. they have really been such an enjoyable way to spend an evening at home! Kate Kaye, YHCT Friend.

All six of the talks can be watched again following the links below.

Medieval wall paintings of Pickering Church. Trustee Dr Kate Giles shared the story of Pickering church and its scheme of medieval wall paintings. Dismissed by some as ‘merely’ a restoration of the 1880s, Kate revealed how Pickering tells the story of many hundreds of schemes like it in the 19th century, where the discovery of medieval church art was met with ambivalence or open hostility by many clergy, or lost due to misguided restoration practices.

To explore the paintings virtually take a look at:  

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Is this the tomb of Richard III’s only son? Trustee Dr Jane Crease discussed the small alabaster tomb in Sheriff Hutton Church. This has been claimed to be the tomb of Edward of Middleham, Richard III’s only son and heir, who died at the age of 10. The talk explored whether this really is a royal tomb, where it came from and who is the child commemorated?

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The Belasyse Tombs in Coxwold Church. Trustee Moira Fulton gave us an insight into the Belasyse Tombs in Coxwold Church. The tombs, ranging in date from 1603-1830, demonstrate not only the changing fashions in funerary monuments, but also the way that religious beliefs and attitudes to death evolved over time.

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The Guild Chapel, Stratford Upon Avon. Dr Kate Giles, Co-Director of the Centre for Christianity and Culture in the University of York and a trustee of the YHCT, has been closely involved in the major conservation work in this important Guild Chapel which had close associations with William Shakespeare’s family. She talks about how the University of York has been able to support and work alongside Stratford Town Trust and its volunteers to create an award-winning collaboration between academics, students, volunteers and visitors to bring the stories of this wonderful building to light, and shares the latest news about upcoming opportunities to engage with and support ‘Death Revealed’.

The Sykes churches of East Yorkshire. Trustee Moira Fulton talks about the remarkable group of churches built or restored by Sir Tatton Sykes, the 4th Baronet, (1772-1863), and his son Sir Tatton Sykes, the 5th Baronet, (1826-1913). These churches are little known outside East Yorkshire. Many of them, situated in remote rural locations, contain stained glass, wood and metal work of the highest quality and were designed by some of the most prominent church architects of the time. Click this link to watch again:

‘For botchying glasse’ the Crosby family of glaziers and glass painters in 17th century York. Dr. Louise Hampson, Research Fellow in the Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of York talks about a little-known, but important family of glaziers,who operated between 1620s and 1690s and worked on York Minster, Temple Newsam and other churches. Although their work has been overshadowed by that of the better- known Henry Gyles and William Peckitt, the Crosbys were a remarkable family of craftsmen who were practising glass painting and glazing at a time when it was widely considered that stained glass crafts had died out.

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Survivors of the wreck – post reformation monastic remains in Yorkshire Parish Churches. Dr Jane Crease, discusses how, when the monasteries were looted and destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII, some of their more valued furnishings were rescued and installed in near- by parish churches. Was this an example of Yorkshire thrift or a desire to preserve a connection with a much – loved and respected monastery whose loss was bitterly regretted?

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Upcoming Tours

Monday 23rd May

Visit to Rotherham

2pm – 3.30pm

Last year the YHCT gave a grant of £5,500 to Rotherham Minster towards the cost of the much- needed restoration of the great West Window. Work has now been started on this major £400,000 project, which has been mainly funded by the Culture Recovery Fund. While the glazing panels have been removed for restoration at the Barley Studios in York, we have been invited by the Minster for a visit to see the stone work repair in progress.

Our visit is planned for Monday May 23rd from 2pm to 3 30pm. We will first meet in the Minster for a tour and then a talk on the work being undertaken on the West Window. This will be followed by refreshments before walking the short distance, about 5 minutes, to the Chapel on the Bridge. This medieval chantry chapel had a chequered history after the Reformation but, following restoration work in the last century, it is once more used for services. The YHCT has given a grant of £4,800 towards repair work on the Chapel

There is no charge for the visit, but pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited. The invitation has been extended to YHCT friends so that you can have the opportunity to see at first -hand how some of the money you have helped to raise is spent.

The nearest car park to the Minster is Forge Island Car Park S60 1QE, there is free 2 hour parking in the red bays.

To book your place, please email

Wednesday 22nd June

Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster and Bolton Percy

11am – 3pm

After coffee in the hotel, we will have a tour of the 13th century chapel in the grounds of Hazlewood Castle with Dr Jane Crease. We will then drive the short distance to Tadcaster for a sandwich lunch before visiting the 15th century parish church of St Mary’s. Due to flooding, it was rebuilt 1875 on a base four foot higher than the original, although sadly this did not prevent further severe flooding in 2015. The church has fine stained glass by Burne- Jones and William Morris. From Tadcaster, we will drive to Bolton Percy to have a tour of All Saints, the 15th century parish church with a magnificent stained glass east window. The lofty and spacious interior of All Saints coupled with the particularly fine quality of the chancel has earned it the name of ‘Cathedral of the Ainsty’.

Cost: including coffee & a sandwich lunch £30

Driving instructions will be provided nearer the time.

To book a place for this tour, please email the following the information to

Number of places , name, address and contact details, any dietary requirements.

Please make a Direct Bank Transfer, ref ‘Hazlewood’ to:

Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust , Sort Code: 08-92-99, Account No.65846678

If you prefer to pay by cheque (made out to Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust), please email with the above information and send the cheque to:

Richard Bailey

2 Dalton Terrace

York YO24 4DA

Thursday 15th September

Sykes Churches tour

1.30pm – 4.30pm

St Peter’s Helperthorpe church (c) Nigel Coates English wikipedia

Following on from the Zoom talk by Moira Fulton on January 17th we are planning to visit 3 churches all designed by the architect G.E. Street for Sir Tatton Sykes. The tour will be led by Dr Jane Crease.

 We will start at St Peter’s Helperthorpe, built in 1871. This church has richly painted nave & chancel ceilings with fine stained glass by Burlison & Grylls. We will then drive the short distance to St Mary’s West Lutton.

Though this church is small it was sumptuously decorated & cost Sir Tatton over £13,000 when it was built in 1872-3

 Our final visit is to Kirby Grindalythe which, rebuilt in 1872-5, was the last church which G.E. Street designed for Sir Tatton. Apart from its fine stained glass by Clayton & Bell & wrought iron screen, there is a remarkable Venetian glass mosaic covering all of the west wall depicting the Ascension. We will end our tour in the tea room at Sledmere House for tea & a scone.

St Mary West Lutton (c) Nigel Coates English wikipedia

Cost £25 , full booking instructions will be added soon.

Tuesday 18th October

York Medical Rooms, York

2.30pm – 4pm

Join us for a talk by Andrew Boyce, of Ferrey and Mennim Architects , describing his work as an architect involved in the repair and restoration of churches in Yorkshire. Afternoon tea will be served after the talk.

Cost £25, booking details will be added shortly

Past events

Hovingham visit

In May 2022, almost thirty friends enjoyed a trip to All Saints Church in Hovingham, with a talk by Helen Whittaker on the window she designed in memory of Sir Marcus Worsley and his wife Bridget. This was followed by an introduction to the Anglo- Saxon stonework By Kate Giles and a tour looking at the principal monuments to other members of the Worsley family. Friends were then welcomed at Hovingham Hall, where Sir William Worsley will gave an interesting talk on the history of the house, it’s gardens and Roman villa, while enjoying a delicious tea in the vaulted room overlooking the cricket ground.

Anglo Saxon frieze at All Saints Church
Beautiful stained glass window in memory of Sir Marcus Worlsey

Churches of the Western Wolds

In July 2021, we were joined by 27 friends and supporters for a wonderful exploration of four very different churches. We visited All Saints in Pocklington, a large town church, St Ethelburga, a small Norman church in Great Givendale and St Edith in Bishop Wilton, where we also enjoyed lunch at the local pub. Our last stop was All Saints in Kirby Underdale, a church of great historical and architectural importance. The tour was led YHCT trustee Dr Jane Crease and a great day was had by all.

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All Saints Church, Kirby Underdale (c) Peter Church

Churches of the Derwent

In September 2021, we were joined by 30 friends and supporters and visited three very interesting churches in the Derwent Valley. We started with St Botolph in Bossall, a church in transitional Norman style with a very fine south doorway. From there we visited St John at Howsham, a church designed by G.E. Street in 1859 and onto St Peter at Scrayingham, largely rebuilt in 1853 by G.T.Andrews. The tour ended at the early Georgian house of Aldby Park, where guests enjoyed a tour of the principal rooms, followed by tea and cake!

The group hearing about St John’s at Howsham