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Holy Communion 10 am 1st Sunday of the month.

Book of Common Prayer Evensong 6.30pm 4th Sunday of month.

The Historic Church of St. John of Beverley

Salton, which takes its name from the Norman French word "saule", meaning "willow", has one of the few complete Norman churches in the old county of Yorkshire. As early as the beginning of the 12th century, Archbishop Thurstan appropriated the little church of St John of Beverley at Salton to the Prior of Hexham in Northumberland.

The original building

The building at that time is thought to have been made from wood, soon to be replaced by a stronger construction of stone with a thatched roof. However, at the end of the 12th century, King David of Scotland in one of his periodic forays over the border, penetrated as far as Salton and ravaged the church, burning it and the people of the village who had taken refuge inside. The dry thatch of the roof would soon be reduced to ashes, but the stone walls were stronger. It is said that the red surface of the stone are scorch marks left by this fire as a fearful reminder of the suffering of the people, but it is also possible that the colour is due to mineral deposits in the stone itself.

When hostilities subsided the church was repaired - an interesting point to note is that, although the walls of the nave and chancel appear contemporary, they are not fully bonded together. Large lancet windows replaced some of the Norman slits and a tower and North doorway were added. Any valuables possessed by the church would have been looted by the Scots, so a strong chest which can now be seen in the nave in the north-west comer was made to hold the replenished plate and vestments. About a century of peace ensued for the village until once again, in the early 14th century, the Scots ransacked the church, and, once again, it was repaired. No alterations were made to the fabric of the church, but the prebendary ordained a Vicarage at Salton in 1312. The Scots did not return a third time; so modest prosperity resulted in 1479 in the Prior of Hexham leaving not one, but two residences in the village, together with a water-mill which drew its power from the nearby River Dove.

Repair and Reconstruction

In 1547, the monastic prebend of Salton was valued at £26 per annum. This was the time of the Dissolution of the monasteries, and Salton was suppressed together with Braliam and the Priories of Hexham and Hostell. The church of Salton did not suffer the drastic demolition which happened to many fine ecclesiastical buildings at this time, but the monastic lands were sold off, first to the Carnabye family and then to Eures and Bennets whence it passed by marriage into the hands of the Earls of Salisbury.

The next owners were the Dowkers (see list of incumbents) and they in 1837 sold in turn to the Woodall family. It was a member of this family, The Revd Edward Woodall who presented to the church the silver plate in 1840-1. Forty years later the first major programme of repair and reconstruction since the 14th century was begun. The East wall of the chancel and the south-east comer of the nave were rebuilt, the tower buttressed, the chancel roof renewed and heightened and several windows replaced.

The old timbers from the chancel roof were used to repair the upper part of the south porch. The little fireplace with its outsize external chimney was probably added at this time. Mary Eleanor Woodall, whose family were patrons of the living, installed the East window and this was complimented by the West window which was in memory of William Abbey, whose dates are 1840-87 a former Vicar of Salton. A final exterior touch was added by the erection of a fine lead pyramid cap to the tower surrounded by a crenellated top to the stonework, both features of earlier Norman architecture.

Things to look out for..

The visitor to the church might like to look for the following features:

1. The chevron ornamentation on the exterior of the priest's door.

2. The external corbel table showing the extra courses of modem stonework to heighten the roof, and the late 12th century corbel heads.

3. The double row of beakheads decorating the inner order of the south doorway. The doorway is thought to have had two more orders originally similar to the Church of At Margaret, York. It is interesting to note that the mother of King David of Scotland, Margaret was canonised in 1249.

4.The modern font.

5. The chancel arch showing two orders of zig-zag ornamentation and a carved hood.

6. The altar table, pulpit, and side panels of the reading desk which are 17th century but much restored.

7. The Contimio Organ made by Principal Pipe Organs of York, and donated in memory of Denys and Joan Gillan by their family in 1992. Previously, the organ has been used in York Minster and has featured in recordings made by the Minster Choir during this time.

Other information: a. The two bells are thought to be 17th century.

There is no trace of the sun-dial on the south wall of the bell tower mentioned in earlier references.

The parish register goes back to 1573.

There are no endowed charities despite the early age of the church's foundation. The Plate consists of a pewter flagon and paten together with the Revd Woodall's gift of a silver cup, paten, flagon and atms dish. (These are no longer held in the church).

Bibliography

Yorkshire, North Riding, Arthur Mee (Caxton) Victoria History of Yorkshire, Vol 1 (1925) Victoria County History, Yorks, N.R. - Vol 1 (1925) The Charm of Yorkshire Churches - Pontefract and Hartley (1936) We must express our gratitude to Mrs E. Lester of Lastingham, whose careful researches into the history of this ancient church, led her to produce these notes for visitors to Salton. Wc hope you have enjoyed your visit to this Church and we pray that the peace and quiet you find here may go with you as you leave.


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