St Peter's Church, Addingham
9th August 2017
St Peter's Church is a Church of England parish church in Addingham, West Yorkshire. It is a Grade I listed building, with the main structure dating to a 15th-century rebuild but with some of the earliest parts dating from the Norman period.
Addingham is a village and civil parish in the English county of West Yorkshire. It is situated near the A65, 6 miles south east of Skipton, 3 miles west of Ilkley, 19 miles north west of Bradford and around 20 miles north west of Leeds.
The area around Addingham is thought to have been populated from at least Bronze Age times, indicated by the 'cup and ring' carved stones that can be found on Addingham Moor. Its beginnings may date back to the late Mesolithic period, as evidenced by the scattered remains of early flint tools across Rombald's Moor to the south. (LINK)
During the late 15th century, this church was built to replace an earlier church, and Norman fabric has been re-used inside the tower. The west tower and the wall of the south aisle were rebuilt between 1757 and 1760. The chancel was restored in 1875. Most of the church is in Neoclassical style, other than the north aisle, which is Perpendicular. In the church is the fragment of a Saxon cross.
A really good information leaflet online can be read HERE about the church and it's history
Click photo to enlarge to read.
Thanks to; Leaflet produced for St Peter's church by Addingham Civic Society.
Text: Arnold Pacey Photography & design: Don Barrett
Robert Thomson was a carpenter who specialised in using oak to produce furniture in the style of the 17th Century.
He always carved a life size mouse onto every piece of furniture he made. This tradition is still carried out today by Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd.
The mice shown are on the 2 front pews on the right hand side. There are others in the church and I’ll leave the rest for people who visit the church to find.(LINK)
I found the two on the pews, didn't think to look for more !
|The East window 1856|
For each church I visit, I have tried to chose a grave stone or a plaque to later look at the name and try and find something about this person, I chose this one as it mentioned the South African War. The grave at Arthington had also been to this war.
It wasn't till I was looking through my photos I realised he lived in Giggleswick, this is were my parents live and dad's family is from.
The Second Boer War, known variously as the Boer War, Anglo-Boer War, South African War or Anglo-Boer South African War, started on 11 October 1899 and ended on 31 May 1902.
You can see a short information video here by Andrew Marr
A 10th Century Cross shaft inside St Peter's, Addingham, West Yorkshire.
The Christian history of this
site goes back to the 8th or 9th
centuries. Worship at that time
may have taken place around
the Anglo-Saxon cross whose
shaft survives and may be seen
in the church. It is also possible
that there was a wooden church
here, although nothing remains
of it today.
In the centre of the third tie-beam from the chancel arch is the boss carved with a different face on each of it's four sides.
One face may be intended as a "green man", and the one has a tongue out, like several other cheeky caricatures among the roof timbers.
Even with a few lights on , I was unable to get a good photo of the other faces.
The Glastonbury thorn is a form of common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna 'Biflora' (sometimes incorrectly called Crataegus oxyacantha var. praecox), found in and around Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Unlike ordinary hawthorn trees, it flowers twice a year (hence the name "biflora"), the first time in winter and the second time in spring. The trees in the Glastonbury area have been propagated by grafting since ancient times. The tree is also widely called the holy thorn, though this term strictly speaking refers to the original (legendary) tree.
It is associated with legends about Joseph of Arimathea and the arrival of Christianity in Britain, and has appeared in written texts since the medieval period. A flowering sprig is sent to the British Monarch every Christmas. The original tree has been propagated several times, with one tree growing at Glastonbury Abbey and another in the churchyard of the Church of St John. The "original" Glastonbury thorn was cut down and burned as a relic of superstition during the English Civil War, and one planted on Wearyall Hill in 1951 to replace it had its branches cut off in 2010.(LINK)
|Sundial on Village Hall , Addingham|
Addingham and the area has 14 churches to discover, including Bolton Priory
A stunning church with so much to see, and another one I will visit again.
Good amount of information in the church and on-line.
Despite been a notable church it has managed to keep is village and church charm.
St. Peter’s Church mice
Anglo-Saxon cemetery and medieval manorial centre including fishponds and part of the open field system adjacent to St Peter's Church