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St Andrew, Boynton, Yorkshire, East Riding

(54°5′43″N, 0°15′52″W)
TA 136 680
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, East Riding
now East Riding of Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Rita Wood
06 Jul 2006

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The tower of St Andrew is from the 15thc, while the remainder of the church was rebuilt in brick in 1768. The interior is Georgian Gothic and was moderately reordered by John Bilson in 1910. The tower has a gallery for the family at Boynton Hall; the altar is in front of the chancel, which is of about equal in length to the nave and contains memorials (Pevsner and Neave 1995, 333-4; Morris 1919). The building is similar to a Danish church, with its painted wooden pews, and coloured and gilded woodwork.

A reworked cylindrical font remains from the medieval church. Outside, there is a small cross of uncertain age, probably Romanesque, reset in a buttress of the tower.


Land holdings seem to be confused even in the Domesday Book for this area (VCH II, 197; 204, 226, 322, 322n and VCHER II, 22). The main land-holders were the king and the count of Mortain, who forfeited his lands to the Paynels. The church is said to have been endowed with 6 bovates.

A church existed in 1120-7, when Stephen count of Aumale confirmed the gift of it to Bridlington Priory. The first recorded vicar was presented in 1268.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration





The reset stone resembles the familiar pre-Conquest cross with arms united by a circle. To use the CASSS terminology, this item has wedge-shaped arms, narrow 'arm-pits' and arms over-ridden by a circle. The angle moulding on the stem is too worn to define further, but there are enough similarities to see that, although Romanesque in the reeding on the arms and beading on the circle, the form is following earlier custom.

Coatsworth 2008, 35, discusses grave-markers in West Riding: round-headed markers are likely to have been used upright. They are not certainly of pre-Conquest date; she discusses and illustrates examples in Appendix A. Several of those have carving on both faces. Examples were seen (and probably recorded for CRSBI) at Dewsbury; items from Adel are in the Leeds Museum.

Presumably, if there was any carving on the reverse of the stone at Boynton, it must have been in worse condition than the face shown since it was set into the buttress.

Font The font at Burton Agnes was reworked, but one pier of the arcade was left with some suggestion of the first work.


Borthwick Institute faculty papers: Fac. 1909/31

E. Coatsworth,Western Yorkshire. CASSS vol. VIII, Oxford 2008.

F. F. Johnson, The Church of St Andrew, Boynton, Archaeol. J. 141 (1984), 44.

N. Pevsner & D. Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding, 2nd. ed. London, 1995

A History of the County of York East Riding, ii. London 1974.