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The Ascension, Whixley, Yorkshire, West Riding

(54°1′7″N, 1°19′36″W)
SE 442 583
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
  • Rita Wood
1 April 1996, 6 Jun 2014

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Feature Sets

Whixley is a village in the Harrogate district of Yorkshire, 10 miles W of York. Leach and Pevsner (2009, 753) describe the church of the Ascension as a building essentially of the period 1300-10. It has nave with aisles which embrace the W tower; S porch; chancel with N vestry. A plain round-headed window is the only Romanesque feature. There is also a plain octagonal font of unknown date.


The church is mentioned in the DB. The parish traditionally had a close connection to the friars of Knaresborough Priory, which grew cherries there, and an annual Cherry Feast was held at Whixley within living memory.


Exterior Features



For discussion of the font, see Leach and Pevsner 2009, 753.

Although Romanesque vestiges are minimal, the existence of the early window in the chancel suggests that further archaeological investigation may prove fruitful.


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

J. Raine, 'The Dedications of the Yorkshire Churches', Yorkshire Archeological Journal 2 (1873), 180-191.