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St Andrew, Newton Kyme, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°53′53″N, 1°17′32″W)
Newton Kyme
SE 466 449
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Rita Wood
22 June 1999, 16 Jun 2014

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The small quiet village of Newton Kyme is situated in pasture near the river Wharfe a mile or two above Tadcaster. The church, adjacent to Newton Kyme hall, and presumably built in Tadcaster limestone, comprises west tower, nave, N aisle, and chancel with a chapel in the NE angle. The building has been modified and added to over centuries, and presents ‘a confusing building history and an irregular-looking interior’ (Pevsner). For the sculpture-seeker also, there is plenty to puzzle over.


There is a list of incumbents from the mid twelfth century in the Borthwick Institute, Add. Ms. 148.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration

Interior Features








Relevance of work for this Corpus is debatable. Pevsner (1969, 378), says: 'the octagonal piers of the N arcade look later than the round single-chamfered arches which they support'. Leach and Pevsner (2009, 605) adds: 'one little window in the chancel S wall, and a collection of reused responds and imposts supporting the arch between N chapel and chancel, and the W respond of the aisle arcade look late Saxon'. These features are all included in the report.

If the most part of the arcade is 13th century or 'c.1300' (Leach and Pevsner), the continued use of beakhead opposed to star pattern is noteworthy.

A late twelfth-century sedilia of the type seen at Newton Kyme with a free-standing column can be seen in the S of the West Riding.

Kirk describes the tower, nave and west part of the chancel as having walls 2ft 7ins (0.79m) thick. This is not as thick as usual for Norman work, but like the rubble walls said by Gee to be characteristic of Anglo-Saxon walls, and of early post-Conquest work in the area (RCHME 1972, pp.xliii and xliv).

For Victorian restoration and alterations, papers in Borthwick Institute, Fac. 1893/13. For plan, see Kirk 1953, fig. 2.


G. E. Kirk, The Parish Church of St. Andrew, Newton Kyme, Yorkshire (Leeds, 1953).

P. Leach and N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North (Yale, 2009).

N. Pevsner, Yorkshire: West Riding. The Buildings of England (Harmondsworth, 1959) 2nd. ed. revised E. Radcliffe (1967).

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of York, vol. iii, 'South West of the Ouse' (Oxford, 1972).