St Matthew Old Churchyard


St Matthew Old Churchyard

Stalling Busk, Richmondshire District, North Yorkshire, England
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Stalling Busk is one of 3 settlements (the others being Countersett and Marsett) around Semer Water in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire in the small dale of Raydale just off from Wensleydale, England. The hamlet lies to the immediate south of the lake. It is about 3½ miles SW of Bainbridge.

The original church of St Matthew (about ½ mile from the village and new church of Stalling Busk) is in ruins. It dates from around 1722, although some of the structure incorporates stones from an earlier church from around 1600. The old church was still in use in the early 20th century, but in a poor state of repair.

The new church of St Matthew was built in 1908-1909. The old church was stripped of its furnishings and roof, and deteriorated further. Some consolidation work was carried out in 1981 and the altar was rebuilt in its present position against the North aisle rather than its original position against the South aisle. Further consolidation work was carried out in the year 2000.

In the early years the building was a chapel of ease. Stalling Busk became a perpetual curacy in the 1750s and a fully independent ecclesiastical parish in the 1860s.

The parish covers the whole of Raydaleside, and about 750 people from the area are buried in the churchyard. Most of these burials are unmarked. Several of the headstones are in a poor state and illegible.


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GPS Coordinates: 54.26955, -2.12893

  • Added: 26 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2635985