Patrington, St Patrick's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Perhaps the perfect Decorated Gothic church
St Patrick's is built on a cruciform design, with a striking central tower. The transepts are unusual for a parish church in that they have aisles within the transept. There are three carved stone piscinas in each transept, a reminder that each transept originally held three altars. Above the south transept arch is a unusual stair, with a platform built onto the arch.
In a church full of so much medieval grace it is surprising to find that one of more striking of the interior features is relatively modern. That is the ornately carved reredos behind the high altar. The reredos was designed by J Harrold Gibbons and was installed in 1936. It is dedicated to King George V who was at that time lord of the manor of Patrington. The chancel screen dates in part to the 14th century, though it has been much restored.
By the altar rail is a large tomb slab which is thought to be that of Canon Robert de Patrington (d. 1349), who left money in his will to help complete the building of the church. To the north of the high altar is a rare Easte Sepulchre, beautifully carved. It has figures at the base representing Roman soldiers guarding Christ's tomb, while on the top is Christ climbing from the tomb.
Over the south porch is a small chamber once used as a meeting place for the local Manor Court. At the west end of the church is the intriguing 14th century font, in the shape of a stubby 12 sided chalice.
But all the features listed above pale into insignificance in the face of the carving that decorates the interior. The column capitals and the decorative carved heads that ornament the walls are everywhere superbly executed and fascinating to study. This truly is a magnificent parish church and is well worth the time to visit.
Facts and Figures:
External length: 150 ft
External width: 90 feet
Height to ridges: 45 feet
Height to Tower: 84 feet
Height to top of weathercock: 189 feet
About Patrington, St Patrick's Church
Address: Patrington, Yorkshire, England, HU12 0RE
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Patrington. Free parking outside the church.
Patrington, St Patrick's Church Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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