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Holy Communion 9am 2nd Sunday of the month.

Morning Prayer 9am 4th Sunday of the month.

A Eucharist of Fewer Words - most saturdays 9.30 am, followed by Vestry Time untill 11pm ( Vicar's surgery ). On the third Saturday of each month the Eucharist of Fewer Words will be followed by Prayer for Healing.

A BRIEF HISTORY COMPILED BY MR. J.R. DAWSON

The Church has stood here since the 9th century.

Incorporated in the stone work of the Chancel walls are a number of "wheeled crosses’ and fragments of a tomb headstone, dating from the late Anglian period which came to an end with the Danish invasion of Northumbria in 867 AD.

Kirby Misperton is thought to have been one of the few stone-built, churches to have existed in Yorkshire at this time when “there was not a stone church in all the land, but the custom was to build them all of wood.”

The Church was entirely rebuilt in the 15th Century, and no part of the present building has survived since before that reconstruction, although the Norman Chancel Arch was not removed until the late 19th century.

THE CHANCEL was rebuilt by Rector George Body in 1857 and designed by Hodgson Fowler. In 1886 the East Window commemorating the family of Rector Charles John Symson was removed to its present position near the pulpit and replaced by that given in memory of Squire and Mrs. Robert Tindall. (An interesting feature of the East Window is the figure of St. Chad which is believed to be a likeness of the Squire ) .

A reminder of the days when the Church was lit by gas (1912-1917) can be seen on the Reading Desk near the organ, where the old fittings remain attached.

THE SOUTH AISLE (now the LADY CHAPEL) is divided from the Nave by four pointed arches resting on octagonal piers with moulded bases. An unusual feature of these arches is that they are without capitals. The Lady Chapel has been described by one eminent Church historian as "the best part of the building”.

The window above the Altar depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Infant Christ is a memorial to two former Rectors and was dedicated on the feast of the Purification in 1949 by Dean Milner-White of York.

The Crucifix on the Lady Chapel Altar came from the disused Mission Church at Ryton.

The walls and windows are 15Th century.

The Chancel was rebuilt, and the pulpit and Pews date from the same period. -

The carved oak lecturn at the base of which may be seen the figure of St; Laurence, was given by Miss Jane Tindall of' Kirby Misperton Hall, in 1891.

THE BAPTISTRY, dedicated to the memory of’ Canon F.W.Drake Rector 1914-1928) contains a Font believed to be "extremely ancient." On the Walls are Baptismal Rolls dating back to the early 1920's.

THE TOWER of which the lower half is again '15th' Century, houses 3 bells, recast by Mears of Newcastle air the expense of the First Baron Feversham, to Commemorate the Coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838.

Towards the end of 1890 the upper ' section' was reported to be in "a dangerous condition and in urgent need of repair"

The Rector and Churchwarden launched an appeal for funds, which raised £90. Not only did this amount meet the cost of rebuilding ‘and re-roofing but- there was enough to buy the weather vane and a new flag pole.

In the same year (1891) the present Church Clock made by Potts of Leeds was given by the Rector W.W. Hutchings.

PATRONS OF THE LIVING: Early in the 12th, Century the church was given by Ralph son of Gerald de Kirby to St. Mary’s Abbey York. In 1303 the Abbey sold the Patronage to William Lord Roos of Helmsley. .

In those days Patronage could not be sold without the King's permission, which was invariably given in the form of a Royal Charter , forwhich the Vendors were obliged to pay.

The irrascible old Warrior-King Edward I gave his permission. on this occasion, with the words "Let it be done for a fee of 40 Marks but see they do not have the charter- until the money be paid”.

The Patronage has followed the descent of Helmsley ever since and is now vested with Lady Feversham to St. Mary’s Abbey .

In the 12th Century he also endowed it with a substantial grant of land “in those parts” which Rector Thomas of Sand Hutton refers to in his will of 1351 as “my Rectory Manor.”

Kirby Misperton thus became one of the wealthiest livings in the Diocese, and was eagerly sought after by ambitious clerics as a "stepping stone” to high office.

Many of the earlier Rectors simply drew the income from the Parish and performed no duties whatsoever, leaving the work to a deputy or Vicar (the last Vicar of Kirbymisperton was Ralph de Wyton who was appointed "on the recommendation of John de Colestre, Rector” in 1283).

Alexander Neville, for example, was appointed to the Living whilst still a minor. He rose to become the ! Archbishop of York, -was subsequently deposed , and exiled to France, where, he ended his days as a Parish Priest in Louvain.

Other notable Rectors include John Thornborough who became Chaplain to. 'Elizabeth I, was one of the translators of the Authorised Version of the Bible, and died Bishop of Worcester at the age of 90 in 1641. His immediate successor, Peter Rollock, was. a member of the Scottish Privy Council, and sometime Titular Bishop of Dunkeld.

In the early 19th. Century the Rev'd. and Hon Augustus Duncombe - a younger, son of the Patron - held the Living for 7 years –and refused the offer of a Bishopric of Argylle, and became Dean of York in 1858. His appointment as Dean caused an uproar; It was denounced as "a job” and "scandalous”; a heated correspondence ensued in the Times and Yorkshire newspapers ; and Disraeli was obliged to justify the new Dean’s fitness for the post in the House of Commons.

George Body who rebuilt the Chancel was a noted preacher and writer in his day and one of the leaders of Anglo Catholicism. (His sermons invariably took ¾ hour to deliver.)

F .W. Drake was the author of works on the Sacraments, and is remembered in the Parish as a kind, thoughtful and caring Priest.


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