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St Lawrence the Martyr, Aldfield, North Yorkshire

Aldfield Church exterior by Barbara Ballard A wooden church existed on this site in the 13th century when Alan de Aldfield was granted a chantry with a chaplain. The raiding Scots are probably responsible for its destruction. The church was rebuilt and has undergone restoration over the centuries for essential repairs. The dedication refers to St Laurence, a Roman deacon martyred in AD258.

Over the church door is a sundial with a 1696 date, thought to be part of the earlier church which was rebuilt in 1782 in the Georgian gothic style. Repairs in 1697 were helped by a donation of £10 given by the George Smith charity. He left all his tithes to benefit the village poor.

In an engraving dated 1720 the church is shown with a tower. In 1782 the tower was demolished during a rebuilding. The church bell dates from 1775. The church interior has three bays and an oak three decker pulpit. The box pews date from the 18th century. There are two painted wooden panels on either side of the altar. On them are the Lord ’s Prayer, the creed, and the 10 commandments.

Aldfield Church interior by Barbara Ballard It is thought the stone work on the east window came from the earlier church. All windows have good proportioned lancets with simple stone Y tracery. The marble font is designed like the 13th century one in the Fountains Abbey museum. It is thought to have come from the private chapel of Studley Hall.

The church organ is 20th century but in keeping with the style of the church. Memorial tablets are on the walls of the church. A 1756 gravestone in the church is that of a blacksmith of Fountains Abbey.

Visitor Information

St Lawrence the Martyr
Aldfield, North Yorkshire
On the B6265
Services some Sundays
For the visitor Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are just down the road from the village of Aldfield.


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