The church stands on a small but prominent hill in the middle of a large village and overlooking an extensive pond. There is a W tower, aisled nave and chancel (Pevsner and Neave 1995, 618-9).
In 1086 there were 3 estates, the largest of over 23 carucates held by William de Percy, one of 1 carucate in Pockthorpe was held by the count of Mortain, and 6 bovates were retained by the king. The pre-Conquest value was £8, in Domesday Book £2.10s. Waste is not mentioned. However, though Percy had land for 15 ploughs he had only 3, while 13 villeins had 3 more. The Mortain estate passed to the Percies, and they also appear to have acquired the Crown estate. (VCH ER, II, 285.).
The church is first mentioned in 1232, when it belonged to the Percies. Between 1286 and 1291 the church was acquired by Meaux abbey. The advowson belonged to the Percies until 1302, when it was granted to Meaux. After 1303 it was in the gift of the archbishop of York (VCH ER II, 293).
|Height from floor to top of impost||2.65m|
|Width of opening||2.94m|
The round half columns have no bases.
The L necking is rounded with a medial groove. The L capital has fairly bold spiral volutes with two shallow cones between them on the S face. The shields are outlined with shallow incised lines. Above the volutes and shields, a deep upright has two horizontal incised lines. The impost is chamfered with a deep plain upright.
The R necking also has a double moulding, but this time cut into a double cable pattern. The necking may perhaps be remade on the E side. The R capital is a single scallop, with the bell ornamented with slender upright leaves, with their tips touching the curve of the scallop. In the centre of each leaf is either another leaf widening to show veining in the upper part, or more probably a stalk and ears of wheat. These ears can most easily be seen on the R side of the main face. The leaves are rigid apart from the elongated ones on the angles, where they gently and elegantly undulate. The shield of the capital is divided into two, with a sunken segment against the impost block and a crescent, blunted on the angle below. The impost is chamfered and plain as on L.
|Depth of interior||0.39m|
F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 207.
G. Homan, All Saints Church, Nafferton, Pocklington, 1995.
G. Lawton, Collectio rerum ecclesiasticarum de diocesi Eboracensi; or, collections relative to churches and chapels within the Diocese of York. To which are added collections relative to churches and chapels within the diocese of Ripon, New edition (London, 1842), 305-6.
N. Pevsner and D. Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding, 2nd. ed. (London, 1995).
Victoria County History: East Riding of Yorkshire, II (Dickering Wapentake), 1974.