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 58. STAINDROP Parish Church & Village, Co Durham

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Part 1. The Church of St Mary The Virgin, Staindrop

A fine Norman-medieval church, well worth a visit, and please leave a DONATION to help with its upkeep

St Mary's Church, Staindrop, is one of the most interesting churches in County Durham with fine monuments and sections of walls providing evidence of stone church back to Saxon times. It stands at the end of the main street and a long Green with a few fine looking Georgian houses.

The tall west tower of St Mary's Church, Staindrop.


The base of the tower and the west ends of the north and south aisles.


The unbuttressed Norman west tower and the south-west porch and entrance. The lower part of the tower is Norman, late 12th century but the tower top is early 15th century. Curiously, on the west side of the tower is a rectangular stair-turret. The south aisle and porch are dated to 1473.






The chancel and altar of st Mary's Church, Staindrop.


Looking west down the nave. On the left and right are the curved arches of the south and north aisles. Architecturally the aisles are Transitional in style and date from around 1170-1180, each consists of three bays with circular piers and double-chamfered round arches. The capitals have a few broad leaves. A forth bay was added later.


The arches of north aisle of St Marys'


Carvings on the capitals of the nave pillars.


Carving on a capital


Looking from the south aisle (dated to ~1370) across the nave to the north aisle and on the upper right you can see a filled in arch from an earlier Saxon church.


The filled in 'Romanesque' arches of the smaller earlier Saxon church.


The choir stalls, with Perpendicular tracery backs and ends, and poppy-heads on the ends, these may date from around 1410 with the establishment of a college at St Mary's Church, Staindrop.


An example a misericord in St Mary's Church.


In the Chancel are three trefoiled pointed Sedilia with stiff-leaf capitals.


Some early clerestory windows?


Left: Looking east down the nave to the Chancel and Altar of St Mary's Church, Staindrop.

Right: In the south aisle The high canopied tomb (a Gothic arch) of Euphemia de Clavering


The tombstone effigy of Euphemia de Clavering can be found here under an elaborate canopy in the South Wall. 


Above & below: The black oak tomb and monument to Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmorland (died 1564) and his first two wives, Anne daughter of Thomas Manner, Earl of Rutland, and, Jane, daughter of Sir Richard Chalmondeley. The monument was made by John Carbotons



The alabaster tombstone of Ralph Neville, K.G., 1st Earl of Westmorland, and his two wives, Margaret Stafford and Joan Beaufort who was the daughter of John of Gaunt from whose quarries at Tuthbury (Tutbury) came the alabaster of which this tomb is made. All three wear the Lancastrian S. S. Collar.


Details of the alabaster tomb of Ralph Neville and his wives



Copy of illustration from a medieval manuscript showing Ralph Neville, K.G., First Earl of Westmorland (1364-1425), his second wife Joan Beaufort, with eighteen of the Earl's surviving children.


Part 2. The Village of Staindrop and its Green

'The Country Tea Shop and Restaurant in Staindrop is good place to take a break from exploring the village and its lovely Parish church.


The main street and village Green of Staindrop


A few of the shops and fine houses in Staindrop


Staindrop Village Green and the main road.


The Laurel Coffee Shop - Coffee on the Green in Staindrop. The Laurel Coffee Shop also has the facilities to hold functions and on a fine day a lovely day to take tea or coffee outside.




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