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, when three of our trustees each gave a fascinating insight into a different church in Yorkshire. We were joined by over 60 friends for each talk, and received some 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.

The first was a look at the Medieval wall paintings of Pickering Church. In this lecture, 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.

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For the second talk, we heard from Dr Jane Crease who 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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For the third talk, we heard from Moira Fulton, who 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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Forthcoming events

Friday 6th May 2022

Stained Glass in All Saints, Hovingham


Helen Whittaker, the Creative Designer at Barley Studios will talk about the stained glass window in All Saints, Hovingham, which she has designed in memory of Sir Marcus Worsley who died in 2012 and will explain the inspiration for her design. The window was commissioned by his son, Sir William and his wife, Marie- Noelle who are art lovers and collectors. After her talk there will be a short, guided tour of the Church.

The Church, though it was substantially rebuilt in 1860, has a Saxon tower and contains some important Saxon stonework as well as some other interesting modern stained glass. After our tour of the Church, we have been kindly invited to have tea in the nearby Hovingham Hall, the home of Sir Marcus’s son, Sir William Worsley. The Hall, built c1745-55 is of unusual design, having a Riding School at the centre of the house.

Tickets: £25, bookings will be taken in January 2022.

Further tours will be held in June, September and October, including a tour of a group of churches in South Yorkshire; a visit to some of the Sykes Churches in East Yorkshire and an afternoon tour of the stained glass in the lesser-known churches in the City of York. Further details will be published in early January.

Zoom lectures December 2021 – March 2022

As the Zoom Talks earlier this year proved to be popular, we are planning 4 more free monthly talks in December 2021 and January, February and March 2022. The talks are open to all, friends and non-friends. A link to members will be sent out the week before the talk, non-friends should contact the Vanessa White via email at to be sent the link.

Thursday December 16th at 7pm. 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 will talk 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 share the latest news about upcoming opportunities to engage with and support ‘Death Revealed’.

Thursday January 20th at 7pm. The Sykes Churches of East Yorkshire

YHCT trustee Moira Fulton will talk 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.

Thursday February 17th at 7pm. ‘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  will talk 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.

Thursday March 24th at 7pm   Survivors of the Wreck: Post -Reformation monastic remains in Yorkshire Parish Churches.

Dr Jane Crease, a trustee of the YHCT will discuss 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?

Past events

Churches of the Western Wolds

In July, 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, 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