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St Radegund, Scruton, Yorkshire, North Riding

(54°19′37″N, 1°32′24″W)
SE 300 925
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, North Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
  • Jeffrey Craine
September 2011

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Feature Sets

The church is a substantial building consisting of nave, chancel, tower, N and S aisles and porch. This is one of only five churches in England dedicated to St Radegund, a French queen who founded one of the first nunneries in Poitiers c. 550. The present building is largely the result of the extensive restoration carried out in 1865, though some of the original medieval elements have been retained. The only Romanesque feature is the S doorway.


Although there are no records specifically relating to the church, in 1086 much of the land in this area was granted to Alan Rufus, Count of Burgundy, who began the construction of nearby Richmond castle. The land around Scruton was held by one of his vassals, a Picot de Lascelles. A church clearly existed in the 12thc, which was enlarged during the 13th and 14th centuries.


Exterior Features



The rather basic form of the doorway should not necessarily be interpreted as implying an early date. The blocks that form the arch have been competently cut and symmetrically arranged. It may well date from the second half of the 12thc. Though the arcades are Early English and date from the early part of the 13thc, they still share features reminiscent of Romanesque decorative devices, especially in the capitals and bases.


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Yorkshire, The North Riding, Harmondsworth 1966, 335.

Victoria County History of York, North Riding: Vol. 1, ed. William Page, London 1923, 341-344.