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St Winifred, Stainton, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°26′10″N, 1°9′57″W)
SK 555 936
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now South Yorkshire
medieval York
now Sheffield
  • Barbara English
  • Rita Wood
29 Jul 2010

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Stainton is two miles W of Tickhill and eight miles E of Rotherham. The church is small and has a chancel, nave and W tower. There is a S porch with chapel to E of it which is entered from the nave by a single arch. The building is of magnesium limestone rubble with roughly shaped quoins (Butler 2007; Pevsner 1967; Ryder in Pilling 1989).

Romanesque remains include the chancel arch, window facings in the S wall of chancel and nave, and a blocked chancel doorway; there may be some remains of a doorway reset in the churchyard wall to the W.


In the Domesday Book a combined entry for Dadsley, Stainton and Helaby mentions a priest and a church. Dadsley is thought to be the later Tickhill. It is not clear which of these vills had the church. Stainton was given as the chapel of Stainton with the church of Tickhill to Nostell priory, the gift of the king, confirmed by Thurstan archbishop of York c.1130x1140 (Farrer 1916). The 12thc chapel was dependent on the church of Tickhill. In May 1200 Hugh de Stainton sought against the prior of Nostell the advowson of the chapel of Stainton as his right; the prior said the chapel belonged to his church of Tickhill of the gift of Henry I, whose charter he produced, with other royal and archbishops’ charters, and one from Hugh himself. Hugh said the prior had deceived him (Thompson and Clay 1943).


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The archway in the churchyard is suggested by Peter Ryder (in Pilling 1989, 52) to include parts of the former N nave doorway, now replaced, but might perhaps have belonged to the S nave doorway, exterior face.


L. A. S. Butler, ed., The Yorkshire Church Notes of Sir Stephen Glynne (1825-1874), Yorkshire Archaeology Society Record series 159, Woodbridge 2007, 392.

W. Farrer, Early Yorkshire Charters, Vol. 3. Edinburgh 1916, no. 1467.

J. Hunter, South Yorkshire: the history and topography of the Deanery of Doncaster, in the diocese and county of York, Vol. 1, London 1828-31.

Radcliffe, E. and N. Pevsner, Yorkshire: West Riding. The Buildings of England, 2nd ed, Harmondsworth 1967, 499.

H. H. Pilling, Stainton, a South Yorkshire Village. N. p., 1989 (with an account of the structural history of the church by P. F. Ryder 1986, 50, 52).

P. F. Ryder, Saxon Churches in South Yorkshire, South Yorkshire County Council Archaeology Monograph No.2, Sheffield 1982, 97.

A. H. Thompson and C. T. Clay, Fasti Parochiales Vol. 2 part 2, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 107, Leeds 1943, 73-76.

A. Williams et al., The Yorkshire Domesday, Alecto Historical Editions. 3 vols. London 1987-1992, f.319.