‘The Evil Beech Tree of Irton’

September 2011

I’m sure many of us have heard this week of a tree in Irton near Scarborough that’s a ‘public nuisance’. A judge apparently said so, so it must be true. This is clearly just the beginning, and we in York should be on our guard. There are … More …

St Mary, Alne


Alne church doorway – detail Alne church doorway, detail


One sunny summer Saturday afternoon I cycled from York to Alne and beyond. The target of the excursion was the church at Alne, and its doorway, … More …

Mount Snever observatory


Observatory, Mount Snever, Oldstead

I do like a Sunday wander in some green and pleasant part of Yorkshire, particularly if the map suggests it has many woods and streams. But a walk is all the more alluring if among all … More …

St Andrew, Rillington

7 February 2007

St Andrew, Rillington, exterior view
St Andrew, Rillington, spire

Rillington’s church has a spire on top of its tower. The spire seems to have caused a few problems in the past, as inscriptions inside … More …

St Edmund, Knapton

7 February 2007

View of St Edmund, Knapton

This visit was again prompted by family history research initially, though as with all other church visits similarly inspired, it was worth coming whatever the reason. This church is situated in parkland, tucked away between … More …

All Saints, Rudston

15 September 2006

View of Rudston church, and monolith

Not your usual rural parish church. This one has a huge monolith standing right next to it, towering over the chuchyard. The Rudston monolith is the largest standing stone in Britain, around 25ft (7.7 … More …

St Mary, Kirkburn

15 September 2006

Grotesque on wall of St Mary, Kirkburn Carving – south wall, St Mary, Kirkburn, Yorkshire

These wonderful creatures were found on the south wall of St Mary’s, Kirkburn, and show that visiting churches isn’t always … More …