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St Giles, Burnby, Yorkshire, East Riding

(53°54′25″N, 0°43′49″W)
SE 835 464
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, East Riding
now East Riding of Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Rita Wood
14 August 2006

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The church is simple in plan: it has a continuous nave and chancel, with bellcote. There is no vestry or porch, and a N aisle and N chapel which once existed are gone. The guide (Shorer, after 1994, 1) suggests the N aisle had been taken down in the sixteenth century. In the early 1840s, the Rev Charles Carr rebuilt the W wall, providing the present W doorway and bellcote. The N arcade was exposed when the plaster was removed during a restoration under G. G. Scott in 1908.

Inside the church there is a cylindrical font and the remains of a late-twelfth century arcade, while outside are various reset stones probably from the original doorway; the bellcote does not include twelfth-century corbels as sometimes said.


The archbishop was the largest landholder in DB, having 4 carucates. The king had 1½, William Percy 2½ and Robert Malet 2 carucates. The holding of William Percy is said to be waste; the land of Robert Malet was soc to Pocklington (VCH II, 210, 256, 256, 321). The land of the archbishop sounds quite profitable, having a total of 8 ploughs, 18 villeins and bordars, and a mill of 6s. No church is mentioned.


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration


Interior Features






Reset voussoirs: the pattern would make a series of arches round the order, compare first order of the Bishop Wilton S doorway where this pattern is very beautifully cut, also used at Kilnwick Percy and St Margaret, Walmgate, York (resited from lost St Nicholas', Hull Road); also used in similar workmanship on the upright of the impost of the tower arch at Nunburnholme.

Reset beakheads are similar to those over the doorway at Kilnwick Percy.


A. D. H. Leadman, “Five East Riding churches”. Y. A. J. 16 (1902), 259.

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

E. Shorer, The Church of St Giles, Burnby: a short history. N.p. date, after 1994.

Victoria County History: Yorkshire. II (General volume, including Domesday Book) 1912, reprinted 1974.