St Andrew’s Church is the center of worship in the ancient parish of Gargrave (Church of England). Gargrave is mentioned in the Doomsday book (ca 1086) but was probably a place of worship before then. Fragments of Anglo-Saxon crosses (likely 9th and 10th centuries) were found during the rebuilding of the church and are currently on display in the church. These crosses may have marked the burial locations of prominent residents. The current church tower dates from the 1500s with the remainder of the building reconstructed in 1852. The stone for the church tower may have been salvaged from a nearby Roman farm villa. St Andrew’s is well-known for its plethora of stained glass windows, including some painted in 1854 by Jean-Baptiste Capronnier of Brussels. It is a Grade II listed building.
An extensive churchyard cemetery surrounds the building. Original church registers have been deposited at North Yorkshire Record Office (Northallerton, North Yorkshire): baptisms 1558-1946; marriages 1558-1931 and burials 1558-1976. Transcripts of the parish registers exist. Memorial inscriptions from the St Andrew’s churchyard have also been transcribed and published by the Wharfedale Family History Group.
GPS Coordinates: 53.98118, -2.10544
- Added: 15 May 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2305518
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