Revd Robin Davill

  Revd John Hetherington

  Revd David Senior

St. John the Baptist and All Saints Church lies at the highest point of the old market town of Easingwold on Church Hill. It overlooks the town to the south and, from our cemetery behind the church, it has a fine and clear view to the north over to the White Horse of Kilburn and over the Vale of York to the Yorkshire Dales. In the past, prior to major development, the church would have been visible from a wide area around Easingwold.

The present church dates mainly from the 15th century, although it contains possible remains of older fabric and a reset 12th century doorway. In 1853 a porch was added by the Lancaster architect E.G. Paley, and in 1858 the church was restored by the same architect.

Easingwold Church

Church Hill, Easingwold, YO61 3JU

St. Mary’s Church is a small Chapel of Ease in the village of Raskelf situated about 3 miles to the north west of Easingwold. It is one of the few remaining churches in England with an original wooden tower. The 12th century church has been added to over the centuries—particularly in the 19th century when there was some significant rebuilding. Typical of the Victorian era, a lot of pine was used. The interior gives an unusual feeling of breadth and space and is notable for its woodwork, the fine broad chancel being of wood and the chancel roof and side-screen both incorporating medieval timbers. The windows in the north vestry contain medieval glass and these were restored in 2010. There are two significant memorials in the church. One is a tablet on the North wall of the vestry to Augustus Webb, a captain in the 17th Lancers (and brother of the then squire of Raskelf), who died at Scutari of wounds inflicted at the Charge of the Light Brigade. At one time the family owned 3,500 acres of local land. The other is to the Neville family of Raby Castle in County Durham. The Neville shield and arms can be seen in the capitol of the central pillar of the old wooden arcade The family were once Lords of the Manor of Raskelf.. In 1397 the 1st Earl of Westmoreland had a moated manor house in Raskelf. The Neville family lost all their estates including Raskelf in 1569 following the disastrous Rising of the North and all their assets reverted to the Crown. However, one of the ten towers at Raby Castle is called Mount Raskelf.

Raskelf Church

Church End, Raskelf, YO61 3LG

 Retired Clergy assisting in the parish

Our Clergy Team

Vicar : Revd Margaret Young

Tel: 01347 821394


Churchwarden (Easingwold) : Alizon Leese

Tel: 01347 823806

Churchwarden (Raskelf) : Pat Allen

Tel: 01347 821139

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