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Holy Trinity, Little Ouseburn, Yorkshire, West Riding

(54°2′38″N, 1°18′40″W)
Little Ouseburn
SE 452 611
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
14 Jul 2000, 06 Jun 2014

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Little Ouseburn is 6 miles SE of Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. The parish church, isolated from its village by a meadow, stands attractively in an angle of the road among trees. The church has nave, aisles and chancel, and an unbuttressed tower, the bulk of which is generally thought to be early post-Conquest; it is built of a mixture of sandstone and limestone. Re-used Roman stones in the tower are evident by their large size and the Lewis holes. The church has several reset pieces of sculpture which are included in the pre-Conquest corpus (Coatsworth 2008). They are therefore not discussed here in detail, but are shown in the Site Images for reference. Church restored 1875. Apart from arrowslit windows in chancel and tower, only the jambs of the chancel arch are certainly of the Romanesque period.


Lawton (1842), 558, says that in 1233 the church was appropriated to the Precentorship of the Cathedral of York by Archbishop Walter Gray who had purchased it from the Abbot and Convent of Fountains.


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

It has been suggested that the lowest stage of the tower might be pre-Conquest (Hibbs 1998).

Chancel S doorway: Not usually said to be twelfth century, but it appears in a drawing of 1867 by J. R. Lunn, sometime vicar of Marton (Butler 2007, 278), so must pre-date the 1875 restoration. There is some restored stonework in the doorway, but the remainder may be original.

Belfry windows: These look sufficiently old to be original, though may include restoration. They are not the typical Romanesque window.

Tower arch: the sandstone could have been brought down the river from Aldborough Roman town.


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

E. Coatsworth (ed.), Western Yorkshire Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture vol. VIII (Oxford, 2008).

H. Hibbs, Holy Trinity, Little Ouseburn: Restoration Findings Summary 1998 (1998).

H. Hibbs, Holy Trinity, Little Ouseburn (York, 1993).

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).

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