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St Andrew, Rillington, Yorkshire, East Riding

(54°9′26″N, 0°41′48″W)
SE 852 743
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, East Riding
now North Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Rita Wood
26 February 2004

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Rillington is a small village about 3 miles E of Malton. The church is a smallish chunky building on a prominent little hillock in the middle of the village; it consists of a chancel, nave, N vestry, a 15thc W tower and a S porch. Externally, the church appears as a mid-late Gothic. Inside there are a length of a plain impost, the scalloped capitals of an arch, a font of the second half of the 12thc and a late 12thc arcade.


The Domesday Book records that Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria, and Gilli held the manor in 1066; it valued £0.5. In 1086 King William and Robert, Count of Mortain, had land here. The manor of Rillington, with the advowson, was given to Byland by Henry, son of William de Angoteby; the grant was confirmed in 1281.

The appointment of the first priest of St Andrew's church in c.1250, Robert de Okhamwall, and perhaps the consecration of the building, are depicted in the wall painting of the nave.


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches



Interior Decoration





Restoration: the building was restored in 1884-5 by Hodgson Fowler. A second restoration was carried out by Temple Lushington Moore in 1892 and concentrated on the roof of the nave. He thought the plain respond at the E end of the N aisle was Saxon work, and dated the font to about 1180 (Stratford 1911, 7).

Arch between chancel and N chapel: there are mason’s marks on both the L capital and the arch. It would be interesting to see if any matched perfectly; the scallop and dart capital is worked on an octagon, and so prepares for some sort of pointed arch, but they are perhaps contemporary. It is curious that the quirk at the bottom of the impost has not been completed across the diagonal face on either capital.

Font: the general design recalls that at Hemingbrough, or perhaps Middleton-on-the-Wolds, two other Wolds fonts moving away from the earlier cylindrical form.


N. A. Hudleston, Rillington: the Story of an everyday village, Scarborough 1954.

G. Lawton, Collectio rerum ecclesiasticarum de diocesi Eboracensi; or, collections relative to churches and chapels within the Diocese of York. To which are added collections relative to churches and chapels within the diocese of Ripon, London 1842.

N. Pevsner & D. Neave, Yorkshire: York and the East Riding, 2nd ed., London, 1995, 656.

W. T. Stratford, Historical Notes of Rillington and Scampston, Norton 1911.

Victoria History of the County of York, vol II, ed. W. Page, 1912 (reprinted 1974), 324.