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St Mary the Virgin, Badsworth, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°37′46″N, 1°18′4″W)
SE 463 150
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now West Yorkshire
medieval York
now Wakefield
  • Barbara English
  • Rita Wood
13 Aug 2002

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Feature Sets

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


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.