Roecliffe, St Mary's Church
Roecliffe, St Mary's Church
A neo-Norman church built in 1843 by York architect RH Sharp. Some of the stone for the church came from the old Roman quarry at Aldborough. The building is very simple; it consists of a rectangular nave, chancel, vestry, and west bell turret. There is no porch; entry is by way of a round-headed south door directly into the nave.
The plain interior feaures a barrel-vaulted roof of limestone ashlar. This is probably the outstanding architectural feature of the building, and is quite unusual in a church of this date. Unusually, the vaulting springs directly from the side walls. The load of the stone roof proved too great for the walls, and after 30 years they started to buckle. This necessitated the addition of the bulky stone buttresses you can see today towarsds the east end of the church exterior.

The oak pews are arranged around the walls in a style more usually seen in college chapels. There is a Jacobean pulpit, brought here from Holy Trinity church in Hull, but much of the interior is Victorian aside from the vestry door. This is 15th century, and was again brought from an outside church - this time from York Minster.

Despite the Victorian fabric, there are some interesting examples of medieval woodwork, but no one is quite sure where they came from or why they ended up here.

St Mary's is no longer used for regular worship and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.