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St Mary, Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire, West Riding

(54°3′0″N, 1°18′56″W)
Great Ouseburn
SE 449 618
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
formerly St Mary
now St Mary
  • Rita Wood
1 Nov 2001

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Feature Sets

Great Ouseburn is 4 miles SE of Boroughbridge. The village, which at one time had forest liberty status, takes its name from the river Ouse.

The church of St Mary has nave, aisles, chancel and S chapel, all of various dates. Inside, polychromy is visible under the whitewash on the pillars of the N aisle - red, white and black in irregular patches, with a foliage sprig in black recognisable in one place.

The lower part of the W tower is basically 12th century, but much-restored; there are round-headed arrowslit windows at the bottom, and the mid-tower windows seem to have had their arcuated lintels re-cut to a point. The only relevant feature is the tower arch, which is probably late twelfth century (Leach and Pevsner, 2009, 289-90).


In Domesday Book, the manor comprising 12 carucates was held by the king.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

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

C. Lonsdale and H. Hibbs, St. Mary’s Church, Great Ouseburn (1994).