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ST MARYS CHURCH

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Church built in 1869-70, by Paley of Lancaster, (on the site of a medieval church, rebuilt 1811 and extended 1843). Hammer dressed red sandstone, with ashlar chamfered plinth, quoins and string courses; graduated slate roof with coped gables, cross finial and decorative ridge tiles. North-west square tower porch of three storeys; four-bay nave with north aisle; three-bay chancel. Tower: north entrance has pointed arch and plank door; pointed bell openings with engaged column surround, have louvred vents; pyramidal spire, projecting stair tower to west wall. Nave: steeply pitched roof to north, with projecting eaves, covers north aisle with small two light pointed lancets; south wall has large pointed lancets; two large pointed lancets and rose window to west end. Chancel has triple lancet east window with hood mould and quatrefoil window above. Interior: vaulted pine roof to nave and vestry, supported by king posts, each with four curved struts. Pews and other furnishings are late 19th or early 20th century. 10th or 11th century free standing cross fragment (NY 56 SW 21) at the base of the 19th century font. White marble wall plaques are all early 19th century from the earlier church. Altar frieze is in coloured mosaic in flowing leafy design of 1880's with alabaster surround. Brass plaques set in floor inside altar rail are of 1821-1865 commemorating members of the Johnson family of Walton House (Castlesteads).

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