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St Edmund, Fraisthorpe, Yorkshire, East Riding

(54°2′18″N, 0°14′21″W)
TA 154 617
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, East Riding
now East Riding of Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
medieval St Edmund
now St Edmund
  • Rita Wood
26 Jul 2004

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St Edmund's is a small Victorian church on a little hill, presumably the site of the medieval church. It is about a mile from the sea. The parish includes the Auburn farm, the only remains of the village by the ‘eel burn’ which was washed away into the North Sea (map of 1716, VCHER II, 199, 200). For Auburn’s 12thc patterned cylindrical font, see Wragby (YW).

In the S wall near the porch is a blocked doorway, narrow and round-headed; it is not mentioned by Pevsner and Neave. It has a narrow plain continuous angle moulding, but the stones seem too large to be 12thc.

Pevsner & Neave (1995, 426) mention that there is a remnant of a 13thc round pier and moulded capital in nave S wall; these are not Romanesque. The plain cylindrical font is also said to be 13thc, but there is no reason it could not be 12thc.

There is said to be a pre-Reformation altar stone (VCHER II 207), but this is not visible. It has been laid in the pavement somewhere near the present altar; however the area is now carpeted.


Three estates are mentioned in the Doomsday Survey. Mortain had one estate, probably held by Richard de Surdeval, which then went to the Paynels. The Meynell family were also involved in landholding (VCHER II, 201-2). By the mid 12thc the demesne lord of the capital manor of Fraisthorpe was Erenburg of Burton. An estate at Fraisthorpe was a berewick of Sherburn and was held by Hugh son of Baldric according to the Doomsday Survey. The third estate was held by Uctred, and subsequently included in the Gant fee; later it belonged to the Tattershalls. (VCHER II, 202).

The tithes of Fraisthorpe and Auburn belonged to Bridlington Priory from the mid 12thc (VCHER II, 204).

Fraisthorpe and Auburn were chapels to Carnaby (Lawton 1842, 294).





The font is said to be 13thc, but there is not much to suggest this apart from the chamfered rim, and that might have been done later.

Although the characteristic Romanesque font of East Riding is the full height cylinder, there are plenty that are squat and have a deep plinth, like this one (Wold Newton and Weaverthorpe, for example).


H. Lawrance, ed. M. E. Bayldon, Selected notes and documents relating to the history and development of the parish churches in the locality of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 1967-68. 2 vols. typescript held at Minster Library, York.

N. Pevsner & D. Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding, 2nd. ed. London, 1995.

Victoria County History: East Riding of Yorkshire. II (Dickering Wapentake). 1974.