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St Martin, Womersley, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°39′53″N, 1°11′46″W)
SE 532 190
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now Wakefield
medieval St Martin
now St Martin
  • Rita Wood
15 Jul 1996, 18 Apr 2016

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Feature Sets

A much-added-to cruciform church, with transepts and aisled nave, and a central spire. Only the N arcade has any 12th-century work. No Romanesque sculpture.


Domesday Book notes the presence of a church and a priest at Womersley. With 19 households, woodlands and meadows, the village was assessed at the value of £5.


Interior Features



Sir Stephen Glynne visited the church in January 1856. He describes the N arcade which "seems to be Early English, and has five low-pointed arches, of which the most eastern is very small and narrow. The western pier is square, two others are circular, and another composed of a half octagon and a half circular column set against each other" (Butler 2007, 448).

Pevsner (1967, 556) says "the evidence for a Norman church here is no more than the W respond of the N arcade... So the Norman aisle was rebuilt in the C13 and at the same time lengthened to the W."


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III,313.

L. C. Ballard, A Short History of Womersley; N.p. N.d.

L. A. S. Butler, ed., The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874). Y. A. Soc. Record series 159, Woodbridge 2007.

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),167.

N. Pevsner, Yorkshire: West Riding. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth, 1959. 2nd. ed. revised E. Radcliffe. 1967.