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All Saints, Rufforth, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°57′24″N, 1°11′48″W)
SE 528 515
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
formerly Allhallows
medieval All Saints
now All Saints
5 May 1995, 17 Nov 2014

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Feature Sets

Rufforth is a village sited about 4 miles W of York. The medieval parish church of All Saints was entirely rebuilt in 1894-5 within the churchyard a few yards north of the medieval site; it has a nave and undifferentiated chancel, with S porch and S nave aisle; a tower on the S side contains the vestry. The former E and W traceried windows are at either end of the S aisle.

A postcard of the old church shows the smaller doorway then in the S chancel wall. It is probably much as seen by Sir Stephen Glynne who described it in 1866 as 'scarcely worth notice' (Butler 2009, 352). It had a plain nave; a slightly lower chancel almost as long; a modern belfry which was a small tower raised on the rafters of the W end of the nave, and a south porch concealing the nave doorway. The plan of 'Rufforth Church as at Present', dated June 1893, prepared for the Faculty application (Borthwick Fac. 1893/28), shows a ground plan of a simple rectangle, nave and chancel together without division, and in the proportion of approx. 3.3:1.

The only 12th-century remains are two re-used plain doorways, one on the S wall of the nave and the other on the S side of the tower.


In DB, Osbern de Arches held it, although there is no mention of a church. (VCH II, 281)


Exterior Features



Compare chamfer-stops and imposts at Kirk Deighton.


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

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