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Bedale, St Gregory's

Bedale St Gregory's

Bedle St Gregorys Church Interior


Location: North End, Bedale, Yorkshire, DL8 1AF



Opening Information: Open during the day


Willaim the Conqueror ordered the Harrying of the North between 1069 and 1070 with no house left standing between York and Durham, and the 9th Century stone Anglo Saxon Church at Bedale appears to have suffered during this time. The Domesday book records a church at Bedale in 1085. In 1180 an arcade of 4 bays was added giving access to the north aisle. In 1200 the chancel was extended eastwards and an arcade of 2 bays opened in the south wall and the Lady Chapel was built. Brian Fitzalan, Lord of Bedale added a broad South Aisle between 1287 and 1300. The 5 light window was added in the east wall and a chantry added which was endowed for the monks at Jervaulx Abbey to pray for the souls of the mother and father of Brian Fitzalan, and his wife who died in 1290, and their 3 infant sons. In 1320 the Chancel was extended with a crypt being added beneath, and the floor raised to accomodate the crypt. Around 1330 the lower stages of the tower were built by Matilda, the 2nd wife of Brian Fitzalan, as a place of refuge, the tower shows a defensive purpose rather than decorative. The entrance to the church through a porch to the tower used to contain a portcullis, removed in the 19th Century, although the groove can still be seen. In the south wall is a Sedilla and a Piscina. Brian de Thornhill the Rector of Bedale widened the north Aisle in 1342, and included the Chapel of St George (now the Vestry). The Tenor bell is from the 14th Century and weighs 21 cwt, and tradition has the bell as being from Jervaulx Abbey. The church contains 'The Weland Stone' a tombstone dating from the 10th Century and part of a column with Anglian Knotwork.


1298 Brian de Thornhill

1355 Laurence de Thornhill

1369 John de Hermesthorp

1415 William Grey


Brian Fitzalan, (b 1243, d 1 June 1306), married 1 (before 8 November 1290): Muriel, they had 3 children, Thomas, Robert and Theobald, married 2 (before 2 July 1297): Maud/Matilda (alive April 1340, buried Danby Wiske) they had 2 children Agnes Fitzalan and Katherine Fitzalan. The effigy is of magnesium limestone from Tadcaster with chain mail, cross legged, pointed shield with his arms (barry of 8 Or and Gules) and has a bare head. Traces of paint were found during restoration work in 2000. Brian was said to be a 'beloved and faithful friend' of Edward I. Brian took part in campaigns in the Welsh marches, and appointed Warden of the Castles of Forfar, Dundee, Roxburgh and Jedburgh. Brian was also the Custodian of the realm of Scotland, fought at Falkirk (1298), and was present at the siege of Caverlock. Brian is the the following rolls: The Falkirk Roll, H30: The Caverlock Poem, K55: St Georges Roll, GA145: The Galloway Roll. Brian was summoned to parliament in 1295

Brian Fitzalan 1306


Muriel Fitzalan, died 1290. The effigy is of a coarses stone than her husband, with a crown of oak leaves, and shoulder length veil. The dress is dran to a knot, and descends in folds over her slightly bent knees. She holds a long scroll.

Maud Fitzalan

Knight said to be 1410


Knight, said to be 1480




Weland Stone

Weland Stone

Anglian Knotwork Pillar

Anglian Knotwork Pillar



South Aisle

South Aisle



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