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St Leonard, Scorborough, Yorkshire, East Riding

(53°53′41″N, 0°27′24″W)
TA 015 454
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, East Riding
now East Riding of Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
  • Rita Wood
02 Aug 2005

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Scorborough is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, about 4 miles N of Beverley. The church is by J. L. Pearson, built 1857-1859 to replace what Pevsner described as ‘a mean brick building’ (Pevsner and Neave, 1995, 671). Quiney considered it ‘among the great monuments of Victorian church building, not just in the East Riding, but in England as a whole.’ (Quiney, 1984, 29) It has a nave and chancel, and a large W tower. Outside is a font standing on what was once a pier base.


W. de Perci held a ½ carucate at Scorborough from the bishop of Durham. The bishop had another carucate himself. Another estate called ‘Persene’ may also be in Scorborough; W. de Perci held this of the bishop. (VCH, II, 216).


Loose Sculpture


Font: the form is somewhat like the fonts at Lockington, North Dalton and Yapham, of which Dalton at least is also in one piece.

Plinth: Compare the square bases with corner lugs in Riccall N arcade, pier 3, or others in the arcades at Sutton-upon-Derwent.


G. Lawton, Collectio rerum ecclesiasticarum de diocesi Eboracensi; or, collections relative to churches and chapels within the Diocese of York. To which are added collections relative to churches and chapels within the diocese of Ripon. New edition (London, 1842).

N. Pevsner and D. Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding, 2nd edn. (London, 1995).

A. Quiney, ‘The churches of St Mary, South Dalton, and St Leonard, Scorborough’, Archaeological Journal 141 (1984), 29.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire. II (London, 1912), reprinted 1974.