Barmston is a village on the Holderness coast, about 6 miles S of Bridlington. The church, which is Grade 1 listed, lies adjacent to the Old Hall. It has a nave with S aisle, chancel, south-west tower and porch. There are Norman origins to nave and chancel; the tower is Perp. The main Romanesque features include two doorways into the nave (one open, one blocked), an arch in the S arcade, and a cylindrical font with bold lozenge decoration.
Four pre-Conquest manors in the area passed to Drew de Bevrère and then to the Aumale fee. Most of Barmston was held by the Monceaux family perhaps from the 1120s (VCH ER II, 215). According to the VCH, Barmston church was presented by Alan de Monceaux to Whitby Abbey. The grant was confirmed c.1170. (VCH ER II, 220).
Doorway with shouldered lintel, the main entrance to the church. Its date is contested (see Comments section).
|ht. of opening||1.9m|
The main feature of the large round font is its bowl, cut with a bold lozenge pattern. As approached from the S side, the lozenges appear raised by their being separated by a hollow roll. On the N side, the separating strip is of convex form. The boundary between the two areas is a diagonal, starting on diametrically opposite sides of the cylinder at the top, and sloping northwards in both cases. Thus the area having the positive roll is less that that with the hollow roll. The top of the cylinder is finished off with a double cable pattern of many narrow but rounded divisions. The upper cable acts as an angle roll since it continues onto the horizontal rim. The arcaded base shows some damage on the lower parts, but with little general wear on the angle roll.
|Depth of interior of bowl||0.29m|
|External diam. of bowl||0.735m|
|Ht. of base||0.19m|
|Ht. of font, excl. base||0.56m|
|Internal diam.of bowl||0.545m to 0.52 at bottom|
W. G. Collingwood, ‘Anglian and Anglo-Danish Sculpture in the East Riding’. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 21 (1911)
J. E. Morris, The East Riding of Yorkshire. (London, 1906), 2nd ed. (1919).
N. Pevsner & D. Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding, 2nd. ed. (London, 1995).
The Victoria County History: East Riding of Yorkshire. VII - Holderness Wapentake, north and middle sections. (London, 2002).