Sunday, 14 April 2013

Church of St Gregory, Bedale

During our weekend away we stopped at Bedale and after a walk up and down the High street shops we went into the Church cemetery
St Gregory’s Church
This Gothic church retains some Catholic relics, although Puritans during the English Civil War vandalised a lot of the features such as statues
The Tower at St Gregory’s Church
  The Church has a rare defensive fortified tower, considered one of the best examples in Northern England, built in 1330 as a place of refuge from the marauding Scots. (Scottish warrior people)  This tower contains a chime of 8 bells, the earliest dating from 14th Century.
St Gregory’s Church
The domesday Survey records a stone church on the site of St Gregory's in 1085. Although this suffered severely under the harrying of the North in 1069, some elements of the Saxon carving can still be seen in the crypt below the chancel as well as the nave.
St Gregory’s Church View of the East end
  In 1290 the unique 5 light window was inserted in the East wall of the chantry which was endowed to the monks of Jervaulx. The Chancel was further extended and raised over a crypt in 1320 and the North Aisle widened in 1342 to include St George's chapel and clerestorey windows were added.
At St Gregory’s Church
  My main interest is the stone architecture of the buildings and grave stones. I do not publish pictures of the stones where the names are new and readable so as not to be disrespectful to the families. There was one family grave with a new stone where the earliest burial was dated 1912 and the last 2012.
At St Gregory’s Church I have to have an Angel Don`t blink !

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the photos and the interesting discussion of the history behind them. You certainly do have a rich historical and architectural heritage in your country.

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    1. Thank you Nightwind, believe it or not I used to hate history at school ! but now I seem to see beauty in stonework weather it is Gothic or just artisan work as a lot is in the Yorkshire Dales. I have more to post from Bedale, and I could go back to other parts of the town for even more.

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  2. Wow, those windows on the east end are amazing! Looking forward to your other photos of Bedale!

    Can you explain what High Street means? Is it like the old part of town?

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    1. High Street can mean the main shopping area or often in small towns and villages could be the first road to be settled on and used commercially e.g shops. But also it is quite often (As in Bedale) the name of the road, like most towns have a “Station Road” which would lead to the train station.

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    2. Thanks for clearing that up, Alastair! When I've read about people shopping on High Street, I always thought it meant it was the shops that were very expensive! LOL

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