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St Thomas, Brompton in Allertonshire, Yorkshire, North Riding

(54°21′39″N, 1°25′39″W)
Brompton in Allertonshire
SE 373 963
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, North Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
medieval St Thomas
now St Thomas
  • Jeffrey Craine
September 2011

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Feature Sets

Brompton is a village about two miles N of Northallerton, and is on the S side of Brompton Beck, a tributary of the River Wiske. The church occupies a central position in the village, adjacent to the village green. The building has 12thc origins and is of coursed squared stone and ashlars. The church comprises a continuous chancel and nave extended eastwards and westwards during the 14thc, with a N aisle, and a 15thc SW tower of three stages above the porch. Several hogback tombs, a cross shaft and other pieces of Anglo-Danish origin, of exceptional quality, have been conserved within the church. A comprehensive programme of restoration of the church was the begun in 1863. The surviving Romanesque element is the arcade in the N aisle.


The Domesday Survey mentions that in 1066 the manor of 'Bruntone' was held by Earl Edwin, and in 1086 it was granted back to King William; it was also a possession of the Bishop of Durham. The manor valued £2.

The Anglo-Danish hogbacks were discovered in 1867 when the foundations of the chancel were being excavated. Their presence here may indicate the existence of a church prior to the 12thc. There are few records relating to the church, although the Doomsday Book lists Brompton under the lands of the Bishop of Durham. On 22nd August 1138, English forces successful repulsed an attack by the Scots at the so-called Battle of Standard, which took place on Cowton Moor less than two miles from the village of Brompton.


Interior Features



Some different coloured mortar in the piers may suggest that at some stage they were heightened, possibly in the 14thc, when the nave and chancel were extended. The waterleaf capital would seem to indicate a date of c.1180 for the arcade. The corbels may have been added at the same time as the N aisle was inserted.


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Yorkshire, The North Riding, Harmondsworth 1966, 89-90.

W. Page (ed.), A History of the County of York North Riding, vol. 1, London 1923, 418-33.