Whenby, St Martin's Church
Whenby, St Martin's Church
Set in a lovely countryside location, St Martins is a simple 15th century church incorporating parts of an earlier medieval building. Most of the current building is in Perpendicular style, with the addition of sensitive Victorian restoration.
The church is built of ashlar and rubble, and is composed of a nave with north aisle, chancel and north chapel, west tower, and an elaborate south porch. Curiously, there is no chancel arch; the nave roof extends over the choir, and the nave is separated from the chancel by a very nice 15th century screen, and the aisle from the chapel by a Jacobean screen.

The nave benches are original medieval work and the octagonal, moulded font is also 15th century. There are several carved heads decorating the nave capitals.

It is the south porch that will draw your eye most. This is quite unusually elaborate, in a two-bay design and embattled top. Two-light windows are set in each bay.

St Martin's is not in regular use and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.