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St Mary, Sprotbrough, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°30′43″N, 1°11′10″W)
SE 54068 02007
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now South Yorkshire
medieval York
now Sheffield
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Barbara English
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27 May, 13 June 2011

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The village church lies parallel to a road just off the town centre. Built of limestone, it consists of nave and aisles with parapets, a chancel, a square tower and a porch. The church has frequently been altered and restored. There are however some interior features of the late 12th century.


Sprotbrough is mentioned in Domesday Book. No church is mentioned, although there was a priest at the subsequently deserted vill ‘Wildthorpe’ in Sprotbrough. ‘Wildthorpe’ was the land of Roger de Bully (Williams et al. 1987-1992, f. 319v). The advowson of the church at Sprotbrough is mentioned in 1196 (Thompson and Clay 1943, 7-73).


Interior Features



Interior Decoration





Pevsner (1967, 496) wrote ‘nothing earlier than the late C13’. However, Ryder (1982, 97) found ‘the side walls of a short aisleless nave survive above the eastern two bays of the 14th century arcades, the north arcade re-using two late 12th century responds.’


G. Davies, A guide to the church of St Mary, Sprotbrough, revised. Doncaster 2007

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

J. Raine, “The Dedications of the Yorkshire Churches,” Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 2 (1873), 180-92.

A. H. Thompson and C. T. Clay, Fasti parochiales I part 2, Yorkshire Archaeological Series 107 [Deanery of Doncaster part 2]. Leeds 1943.

A. Williams et al., The Yorkshire Domesday. Alecto Historical Editions. 3 vols. London 1987-1992.