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All Saints, Bolton Percy, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°51′54″N, 1°11′33″W)
Bolton Percy
SE 532 413
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
  • Rita Wood
02 Jun 1995; 04 Apr 2014

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Bolton Percy is a village 8 miles SW of York. At one time it would have been accessible only by river. The present church of All Saints is a large structure consecrated in 1424, replacing an earlier building on the site, of which only fragments now remain. Adjacent to the churchard on the S side is a 15th century timber gatehouse, restored and managed by the Vivat Trust.

Apart from the font which may contain 12th-century material, there are some surviving sculptural fragments from the 12th century church. In 1995, these were found loose on a table inside the church; in 2014 four relevant pieces were at the W end of the N aisle of the nave, the remainder under a pew at the back of the nave.


The manor was held by Roscelin from William de Percy in 1086. The Domesday Survey notes the presence of a priest and a church.

Lawton (1842), p. 54, says the church of Bolton was given by Picot de Percy to Nostell, but in 1150 the prior and convent of Nostell transferred the patronage to the Archbishop of York and his successors for ever.




Loose Sculpture


Houseman (1997, 3) suggests that the plinth of the font is 12thc.

The presence of the loose bases suggests the presence of a substantial 12th-century building on the site.


J. Bilson, 'Proceedings of the Society in 1913'. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 23 (1915), pp. 117-122.

M. I. Houseman, Bolton Percy and its church (1997).

N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England. Yorkshire: West Riding, (Harmondsworth, 1967).