10. The Church and Castle of Sheriff Hutton Village
The Norman Parish Church of St. Helen and The Holy Cross originates in the mid 11th century where a motte-and-bailey castle was built by Aschetel de Bulmer in Sheriff Hutton around 1100. Such churches are well worth visiting by any visitor whether touring on foot, cycle or by car, so PLEASE leave a donation to help the church, i.e. by the guide book for a small sum of money, it costs considerable sums of money to keep these fine old English churches in 'good condition'
The imposing early Norman style tower (~1100?) and the aisles on either side are all built of limestone blocks. It might seem a great structure for a small village, but in the 14th and 15th centuries the Neville Castle was of great importance and the 'town' had royal charter to hold a market from 1377.
The south entrance door.
The west, and main entrance doorway, holding a very old wooden door.
Looking down the nave through the chancel arch, note the pew boxes (from 1838) on either side.
The fine stained glass of the east window by John Ward Knowles of York (~1860).
The nave with the arches of the north aisle in the centre of the picture.
The alabaster tomb of Edward, Prince of Wales, son of Richard III and Anne Neville, died April 9th 1484. The Prince was only 11 years old when he died at Middleham on April 19th 1484.
The Caen stone carving of Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper" dates from a memorial redo erected in 1881 to the Rev OH Flowers, Vicar 1857-1880.
The 'vertical' huge fragments of the stark ruins of the Norman Castle of Sheriff Hutton. John Neville, Lord of the Manor, was granted a licence by the King to build a new castle in 1398 (licensed in 1382). It was completed in 1404 to replace the original motte-and-bailey Bulmer built castle of ~1140
The mound the castle is built on is clearly seen and the moat and other defensive earthworks of the motte and bailey are visible on the other side from where this picture is taken. There were once four great towers and Bolton Castle, very well preserved in Wensleydale, gives an idea of what it would have looked like.
Features of the multi-level structure can be made out.
Detail showing a few remnants of the splendid style of stonework architecture that would have once graced the whole of the castle.
The castle cannot be viewed by the public without prior arrangement, it is NOT designated a tourist attraction to visit, it is clearly fenced off and should NOT be entered due to the dangerous state of the ruins.
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