Bugthorpe, St Andrew's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Chancel arch carvings include Green Man and Sheela-na-gig
The real delight is the Norman chancel arch, which boasts intriguing carved capitals on each side. Unfortunately, most of these have been covered with plaster, which can make it more difficult to pick out details of the rich carving, but you can easily make out a figure of Christ in Majesty on a north capital.
Also on the north side is The Fall of Adam and Eve, and St Peter with the keys to Heaven. One interesting capital shows a serpent tempting a man.
The south capitals are even more interesting; here is a Green Man and a dove with a lamb. Beside the Green Man figure is a much worn Sheela-na-Gig. The church guide suggests that this was partly covered by plaster 'for decency'.
The east end of the church is 14th century, with a whitewashed sedilia and piscina in the sanctuary. There is a very fine 20th-century tester above the high altar, which is located at the crossing rather than in the east end. The clock was installed in 1891 and interestingly is owned by the village, not by the church.
When I visited the keyholder was across the road in the village shop/post office.
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About Bugthorpe, St Andrew's Church
Address: Main Street, Bugthorpe, Yorkshire, England, YO41 1QL
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Bugthorpe village is on a minor road just north of the A166, three miles east of Stanford Bridge, East Yorkshire.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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