Old Malton Priory
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Superb 12th century Romanesque west front
The church was begun in 1150 and finished around 1200 when the impressive west front was completed. The church is an imposing size and height, so it is sobering to realize that the original building was roughly two-thirds larger than the church we see today!
The most interesting feature of the church interior is a series of 35 misericords. Of these, eight are medieval originals, dating from the 15th century, while the other 27 are wonderfully carved modern carvings created by Temple Moore, who also designed the wonderful organ case and baldacchino. The medieval misericords depict real and imaginary beasts, and a pineapple.
The latter deserves an explanation; pineapples were unknown in Europe before Columbus brought them back from America. The pineapple became a symbol of the exotic, a prestigious item symbolic of social status. Other subjects include a gryphon, lion, hare, eagle, owl, and most exotic of all, a camel.
Ruins of the original church and other monastic buildings can easily be traced in the churchyard and in the fields beyond. To the north-west of the entrance is a coffin shelf, built into the low stone wall of the churchyard. This was used to store parish coffins in between uses. To the north-east of the church three medieval drying coffins made of stone stand upright against the rear wall of the churchyard.
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About Old Malton Priory
Address: Town Street, Old Malton, Yorkshire, England, YO17 7HB
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Located on Town Street, which is the B1257, the main road through the centre of Old Malton
Old Malton Priory Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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