St Martin Churchyard

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St Martin Churchyard

Location
Wharram Percy
Wharram, Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, YO17 9TW England
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Wharram Percy St Martin Church & Graveyard

The only building to have survived from the medieval period is the church, dedicated to St Martin. It continued to serve as the parish church for a parish that included three other deserted villages and the surviving village of Thixendale. However, after a church was built in Thixendale in 1870 it was used much less, and by the time the last service was held there in 1949 the church was in a severe state of disrepair. Part of the tower collapsed in 1959. Today the church is an elegant ruin.

The site of the church has been thoroughly excavated. It appears to have passed through eleven distinct phases of construction. It began as a small Saxon church in the tenth century, was substantially enlarged when it became the parish church in the twelfth century, and reached its greatest size during phase 7 in the early fourteenth century. At that time it had two side aisles, one of them leading into a small chapel. Later, as Wharram Percy declined, the side aisles were removed and the main body of the church made shorter.

The graveyard outside the church has also been thoroughly explored. Almost seven hundred skeletons have been found in the graveyard or buried in the floor of the church. Analysis of these bones has revealed much information about the physical characteristics of people living in the village, child development and growth, disease and injuries, and methods of surgery.

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GPS Coordinates: 54.06657, -0.69013

  • Added: 18 Mar 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2637686