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St John the Baptist, East Ayton, Yorkshire, North Riding

(54°15′3″N, 0°28′44″W)
East Ayton
SE 992 850
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, North Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
  • Jeffrey Craine
September 2001

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The exterior of the building is largely 15thc, as some significant rebuilding and re-modelling of the church appears to have happened then, and the buttresses would have been added to the nave and chancel. The upper part of the tower would also date from this period but the lower story may be the original 12thc structure. The porch dates from 1634 (see date stone). Some further alterations/additions were made towards the end of the 18thc. Norman elements include a doorway in the S wall of the nave, the imposts of the chancel arch and, possibly, some small windows.


There are no records for the church before the early 14thc.


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




The uneven distribution of the heads in the arch of the S doorway may suggest that it has been reset at some point.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 39.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Yorkshire, The North Riding, Harmondsworth, 1966, 67.

A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2, ed. William Page, London, 1923, 225-231.