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All Hallows, Harthill, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°19′25″N, 1°15′35″W)
SK 494 810
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now South Yorkshire
medieval York
now Sheffield
  • David Hey
  • Rita Wood
14 May 2011, 21 Aug 2017

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Feature Sets

Largely Perpendicular in external appearance: nave, aisles, porch, tower but Decorated E window in S aisle, and Early English chancel; Victorian alterations, including Neo-Norman windows in N aisle. The church is built of local magnesian limestone. The SW and NW nave quoins of the earlier stone church can be seen where the Perpendicular aisles were added, and the nave seen from the S recalls the proportions of the nave at High Melton.

Romanesque work can be viewed only in the interior: there is a N arcade dated by Pevsner (1967, 253) to c.1200; the S arcade is very similar but has pointed arches.


The vill is recorded in the Domesday Book. The church, a dependency of Conisbrough church, was given by William 2nd Earl Warenne to the priory of Lewes before 1121; confirmed by William 3rd earl Warenne in 1147 (Clay 1949, nos.34, 110).

A fine of 1190-91 confirmed the advowson to Lewes (Thompson and Clay 1933, I p.122).


Interior Features



Glynne,14 May 1868: ‘The general character is Perpendicular, of good stone masonry.’ At that time, the dedication was still to All Saints (Butler 2007, 204-5).

The original nave walls are roughly coursed below the point where they were heightened by the addition of Perp clerestorey windows.

W. S. Weatherley presumably was the architect of the N aisle windows, neo-Norman of 1897 (Borthwick Institute, faculty papers).

The similarities of the arcades might point to their contemperaneous erection, but different workmen.

The quoins on the western angles of the nave are 'not of a distinctive enough form to date' according to Peter Ryder. The quoins and the arcades seem to be transitional at either end of 'Romanesque', as that is measured by conventional definitions.


Faculty papers: Borthwick Institute Faculty Papers 1897/19.

L. Butler (ed.), The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874), Woodbridge 2007, 204-5.

C.T. Clay, Early Yorkshire Charters VIII: the Honour of Warenne, Yorkshire Archaeology Society Record Series, Extra Series 6, Wakefield 1949.

N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire, the West Riding, New Haven and London 2003, 253-4.

P. F. Ryder, Saxon churches in South Yorkshire, South Yorkshire Archaeology Society 1982, 91.

A. Hamilton Thompson and C.T. Clay, ed. Fasti parochiales, Vol. 1 part 1: Deanery of Doncaster, Yorkshire Archaeology Society Record Series 85 (1933), 121-7.