A large church of creamy limestone, on a hill, overlooking a wide plain. Stone W tower in stages, with parapet; battlemented nave. A rectangular church with a S chapel addition and N vestry as a smaller addition. The earliest structures of the building were built in the 12thc; Romanesque sculptural remains are abundant and consist of a N and S doorway, a round-headed window visible in the exterior wall of the chancel, windows at W end of nave and tower, N and S porches, nave and S aisle arcades, string courses, and a piscina. Faculty papers in the Borthwick Institute, Fac. 1868/12, include a plan but it is extremely fragile and was not opened.
The vill is in Domesday Book but no church is mentioned. A chaplain of Wadworth occurs in 1201 (Clay 1958, 133) in connection with a grant of land from the dean and chapter of York, under which patronage remained until 1232: it can be assumed that the church existed then. The church was appropriated to the prebendary of South Cave before 1230 (Lawton 1852, 237, Clay 1959, 18). The prebend was South Cave, Wadworth and part of Otley.
|Height of opening||2.35m|
|Width of opening||1.09m|
|Height of opening||2.90m|
|Width of opening||1.38m|
|Height of integral impost, capital and ring||0.205m|
|Width of bay between shaft and jamb||1.2m|
|Width of the impost||0.282m|
|Height of E bay||1.45m|
|Height of ring, capital and impost||0.21m|
|Width of bays between imposts (E side)||0.737m|
|Width of bays between imposts (W side)||0.852m|
|Width of impost (including square plinth)||0.28m|
|Height of cavity (maximum)||0.64m|
|Width of opening at back (maximum)||0.51m|
C. T. Clay, York Minster Fasti I, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 123, Leeds, 1958, 133.
P. Draper, The Formation of English Gothic: architecture and identity, New Haven and London, 2006, 92.
J. Hunter, South Yorkshire, Deanery of Doncaster, 1, Nichols, London, 1828, 253.
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, London, 1842, 237.
J. E. Morris, The West Riding of Yorkshire, London, 2nd ed., 1919, 516-517.
N. Pevsner, revised by E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England, Yorkshire, The West Riding, Harmondsworth, 1967, 525.
P. F. Ryder, Saxon Churches in South Yorkshire, South Yorkshire County Council Archaeology Monograph, 2, Sheffield, 1982.