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All Saints, Long Marston, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°56′53″N, 1°13′44″W)
Long Marston
SE 507 505
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
  • Rita Wood
5 May 1995, 28 Aug 2014

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Long Marston is a village 7 miles W of York, near the site of a Civil War battlefield. The church is at the S end of Long Marston and adjacent to the hamlet of Hutton Wandesley.

The present church was rebuilt on this site in 1400 (Sherlock 2004, 114), reusing features possibly from two local churches (see History). Restored 1869 (Leach and Pevsner 2009, 578). There is no porch now, though there seems to have been one when Stephen Glynne visited in 1865 (Butler 2007, 267).

The exterior walls are largely rubble above three courses of cut Magnesian limestone; the W tower is ashlar. Nave and chancel in one, with massive plain N arcade, and N aisle. Vestry to N of chancel. There are two deeply splayed 12thc. windows with narrow openings in the chancel, one on the N and one on the S wall; another to the E of the nave doorway. The S doorway to the chancel is round-headed, plain, chamfered, and blocked. The only sculpture is in the fine S doorway to the nave.


Johnson (1974) says that in 1154, the parish church stood at Chapel Hill near Angram (GR SE 511 489), while there was a chapel-of-ease at Marston. By 1400, the parish church, a Saxon building, was in ruins, as was probably the Norman chapel of ease. The faculty permitted the rebuilding at Marston, providing that the old burial ground at Angram was kept enclosed. It was granted on January 8th 1400, and is the earliest surviving document of its kind in the diocese.


Exterior Features



Interior Features



Churches in this locality use stone from glacial deposits, hence the variety of colour in the rubble walls.

The second blocked doorway is shouldered and therefore probably 13th century.


L. A. S. Butler (ed.), 'The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874)', Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 159 (Woodbridge, 2007).

A. Johnson, All Saints Church, Long Marston: a brief guide (1974).

P. Leach and N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North (Yale, 2009)

S. J. Sherlock, 'Excavations at the Well House, Long Marston, North Yorkshire, SE 500 514', Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 76 (2004), pp. 113-133.