Monument record MYO4278 - St. Mary & St Nicholas Church

Summary

The present church of St Nicholas was rededicated in 2008 having previously known as St Mary& St Nicholas although St Nicholas was the original dedication. It was erected in 1860 and consists of a nave without aisles, a quire, a north porch and a western bellcote containing two bells. One bell is on the list of historic interest and dates to c1500. CARE No. 43/201. The style of the church is Gothic of the 13th century. No record has been so far found of the appearance of the old building, which was demolished in 1860.

Location

Grid reference Centred SE 6004 5843 (21m by 10m)
Map sheet SE65NW
Civil Parish Wigginton, City of York, North Yorkshire
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire

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The first specific mention of a church building is in 1424, when the Bishop of Dromore was given licence to dedicate , but there was a chapel at Wigginton in the middle of the 13th century. Like the manor it was among the possessions of York Minster and was assigned to the Treasurer, to whom a pension of 25 pence was paid out in the Parish. In 1247 the chapel was confirmed to Simon, son of Master Richard of Arenhall “as a grant of Robert, the Treasurer of York who gave it to him”. It must have returned to the possession of the Treasurer probably on the death of this grantee, for the advowson, or right of presentation to the benefice, remained in their hands until the dissolution of the office of Treasurer in 1547. The Parish with all its rights, then passed to the Crown, in the 17th century, James 1 gave these rights to the Knyvett family as a reward for their help in uncovering the Gunpowder Plot. Later a Lord Howard of escrick appears to be in control, but the Crown regained the living in 1688 and to this day the Lord Chancellor is patron of Wigginton.

The 1424 church seems to have been built of magnesium limestone, like York Minster and roofed with orange clay tiles, many thousands of which are in the ground around the present church and its foundations. The font from this church was unearthed in the present foundations in 1994 and is now on display outside the church hall.

An interesting glimpse of the running of the Church in the 18th century is provided by the Visitation returns of Archdeacon Herring in 1745. The Rector of Wigginton, Richard Mosley was a very busy man on Sundays. He was already officiating at Holy Trinity, Micklegate and at St Saviours in York. But the Public Services were said at Wigginton “twice every Lord’s Day and the Communion celebrated four times in the year”. He recorded that in the Parish of Wigginton, there were some 32 families, including one of Quakers and one of Roman Catholics – Methodism had not yet beeb born. He also calculated that there were 80 communicants in the Parish, but that the average attendance was inly 40, with 50 at the Easter Communion. Mosley was a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge.. It thus seems that the status of Wigginton in the 18th century was above that of Haxby, which at that time was still a chapel-of-ease within the Parish of Strensall

The present church of St Nicholas was rededicated in 2008 having previously known as St Mary & St Nicholas although St Nicholas was the original dedication. It was erected in 1860 and consists of a nave without aisles, a quire, a north porch and a western bellcote containing two bells. One bell is on the list of historic interest and dates to c1500. CARE No. 43/201. The style of the church is Gothic of the 13th century. No record has been so far found of the appearance of the old building, which was demolished in 1860.

The furnishings of the church contain many items of interest. Among the treasures we value are:- a silver cup made in York by William Beesfield in 1695, a London silver patten of 1753 inscribed ‘Wigginton 1754’ and a modern silver flagon of 1866. There are also two pewter plates and a pewter flagon inscribed ‘SB 1697’. These are probably the initials of Samuel Buxton, the Sheriff of York in that year.

Two other treasures worthy of mention - The East window contains a very beautiful little stained glass crucifix of the 15th century which was given to Wigginton by York Minster.

The 18th century chamber organ, made by Robert & William Gray of London in 1790 and bought from the Church of St. Mary -le –Bow. This the type of organ was probably made for the hall of a mansion.

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Feb 14 2017 3:55PM

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