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Trip Report Churches of the East Riding of Yorkshire

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Over the last 18 months we have been visiting some of the lovely churches in the East Riding of Yorkshire and I have eventually put them on the web here:
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/index.html

The East Riding is very much the ignored bit of Yorkshire but it does have some lovely countryside with the coast and the Yorkshire Wolds. It has many attractive small villages. It has some superb churches.

Beverley Minster
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_one/beverley_minster/index.html
is considered to be architecturally better than York Minster with some of the best Gothic Architecture in Europe. Chances are you will have the building to to yourselves and there is no entry fee.

Holy Trinity Church
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_two/hull_holytrinity/index.html
in Kingston-upon-Hull features in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest parish church in England. It isn’t just a big building it is a lovely building inside with some beautiful woodwork and a stunning chancel.

Howden Minster
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_two/howden/index.html
was one of the great Minsters until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The townsfolk continued to use the nave as their parish church, bricking off the east end which was left to fall into ruin, providing wonderful photo opportunities. The medieval woodwork was destroyed in a disastrous fire in 1929 and was replaced by Robert Thompson, the Mouse Man. There is a trail around the church to find all his signature mice.

Many of the churches have Norman origins and still retain their carved Norman doorways and chancel Arches. Cowlam,
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_one/cowlam/index.html
Kirkburn,
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_two/kirkburn/index.html
and Langtoft
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_three/langtoft/index.html
have beautifully carved Norman fonts.

From the outside, the church at Garton-on-the-Wold
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_two/garton_on_the_wolds/index.html
looks like a stark Norman Church. Inside, every surface is covered with exquisite Pre-Raphaelite style wall paintings. It is a beautiful and jaw dropping experience. On a sunny day the paintings glow.

The spire of St Mary’s Church
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/churches/england/yorkshire/east_riding/east_three/south_dalton/index.html
in South Dalton towers above the surrounding landscape. The church is mid C19th and cost a staggering £25,000 to build, most of which was spent on the elaborate stone and wood carvings.

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