St Mary the Virgin, Badsworth, Yorkshire, West Riding

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The village of Badsworth is in West Yorkshire, 6 miles SE of Pontefract. Overtly Dec. and Perp., the church has two reset fragments which are evidence for a 12thc. church. According to faculties at the Borthwick Institute alterations were made to the church in 1877 and 1902.


In 1086 the holding at Badsworth (9 carucates and 5 bovates), held by Ilbert de Lacy, included a church and a priest.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


Reset fragments

A lateral centrifugal chevron voussoir and a twin double scallop capital are reset in the W wall of the nave near the S door. 

The voussoir has a single roll chevron quirked to the extrados and double quirked to the intrados with a cogwheel edge.

The capital has V-shaped wedges between the cones.

Double capital, perhaps from chancel arch:
h. 0.175 m
projects from wall 0.16 m
w. 0.46 m
Chevron voussoir:
max. w. 0.215 m
min w. 0.175 m


Both the capital and voussoir are in good condition. Their discovery is not recorded but they may have been found within the walls of the church when the Victorian work was done. Pevsner describes the scallop capital as 'the type used for cloister colonnettes', but in the view of the present author a chancel arch with twin shafts is a likeliest site for it. The carving on the re-set stones is similar, but not identical, to work at Kirk Bramwith and associated sites. 


  • N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England. Yorkshire: West Riding, Harmondsworth, 1967, 88.

General view from SW.
General view from SE.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SE 463 150 
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Yorkshire, West Riding
now: West Yorkshire
medieval: York
now: Wakefield
now: St Mary the Virgin
medieval: St Mary (1463)
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Barbara English, Rita Wood 
Visit Date
13 Aug 2002