Wensley, Holy Trinity Church
Wensley, Holy Trinity Church
The historic village of Wensley stands at the eastern end of Wensleydale. The parish church of Holy Trinity is a mainly 13th building, but its roots go back much further, and it houses numerous examples of Saxon stonework. Holy Trinity was built in 1245 to replace an earlier Norman building, which itself stood on the site of a Saxon church.
Within the church are a pair of 8th century cross slabs inscribed 'Donfrid' and 'Eadberehct'. There are further fragments of 8th century slabs, a section of 10th century cross shaft, and an 11th century cross shaft. A wheel-head cros and cross shaft are embedded in the walls of the south porch. By contrast the medieval furnishings seems positively modern!

Most of the furnishings date from the Elizabethan period to the 19th century. Of greatest interest is the private pew of the Scrope family of Bolton Castle, which features a beautifuly carved Tudor screen thought to have been brought here from Easby Abbey after the Dissolution.

Also of interest is a 15th century wooden panelled cupboard which traditionally is said to have housed relics of St Agatha. There is a 13th century sedilla and piscina, a memorial brass dating to the 14th century, and a lovely 15th century choir screen. The choir stalls themselves are very nicely carved and date to 1527.

Holy Trinity is no longer in regular use and is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. There is so much of historical interest here that it really would be a shame not to visit this ancient church!