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All Saints, Hunmanby, Yorkshire, East Riding

(54°10′53″N, 0°19′25″W)
TA 095 775
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, East Riding
now East Riding of Yorkshire
medieval York
now York
  • Rita Wood
26 Apr 2004

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Hunmanby is a large village in the Scarborough district of Yorkshire, 3 miles SW of Filey. All Saints is large church at the top end of the settlement. It has chancel, nave with N aisle, porch and W tower (Pevsner and Neave 1995, 569; VCH, II 228-45). The interior has woodwork and windows of c. 1845. The nave and chancel however belonged to an aisless Norman church of the late 11th or early 12th century whose plan is still detectable. There is a buttress in the centre of the E wall of the chancel and two lengths of string course in this wall; the roof line can still be seen on the nave E wall. The S doorway has a tympanum, as does the former W doorway which is covered by the slightly later tower: the lower stages of the tower are un-buttressed. The S wall of the tower has four window openings; the W wall has, perhaps, a carved consecration cross. Inside, a simple chancel arch remains, while a plain cylindrical font, broken and no longer in use, is placed in the chancel.


The church is first mentioned in 1086. In 1115, Walter de Gant gave it with its dependent chapels (i.e., Bartindale, Burton Fleming, Fordon, Fowthorpe, Muston, Reighton and Wold Newton) together with a carucate of land at Argam to Bardney Abbey. The rectory and advowson belonged to the abbey until the Dissolution.

There were two estates in 1086; the larger belonged to Gilbert de Gant, and the other was perhaps that later known as the manor of Bartindale. Hunmanby, including its berewicks and soke. This had fallen in value from £12 pre-Conquest to £3 in 1086 (VCH, ii, 231).

Bartindale and Fowthorpe chapels are last mentioned in 1360, and have long since ceased to exist (VCH ii, 236).


Exterior Features



Exterior Decoration

String courses

Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




S doorway: The odd relationship of the apparent bottom of the tympanum to the imposts may be due to a piece of stone or wood being let in. The S and W doorways are similar in width of opening and in general make-up, but the S doorway has probably been reconstructed at some time; the label may have been added. Compare the doorway at Fordon.

The label-stops on the window on the S face of the tower may be compared to those on the W doorway at Etton, where the stops are at the level of the imposts. Compare also the doorway at Foston (YN) in which there are masks or heads carved as stops on the wide label, these stops end just above the imposts.

The chancel arch may have been refashioned in the 17th or 18th century. There are no plans in the faculties at the Borthwick Institute, but two are displayed in the church.

Note the cobbles used as paving at the entrance; these are chalk pebbles as found on the beach. There are many records of this sort of flooring in the churches. Pevsner and Neave say the building includes ‘some cobble and chalk’.


Legal Action Group, All Saints Church, Hunmanby (Scarborough, c. 1970).

J. E. Morris, The East Riding of Yorkshire (London, 1906), 2nd edn. (1919), pp. 223-4.

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

VCH Yorkshire East Riding, II (Oxford, 1976), pp. 228-236.