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St Patrick's Church
Church of St Patrick, Patrick Brompton
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Church of St Patrick, Patrick Brompton
St Patrick's Church is located in North Yorkshire
St Patrick's Church
St Patrick's Church
Location in North Yorkshire
54°18′41″N 1°39′53″W / 54.3114°N 1.6646°W / 54.3114; -1.6646
OS grid reference SE219907
Location Patrick Brompton, North Yorkshire
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Weekly attendance 25 (2017)
Status Active
Dedication St Patrick
Style Early English
Bells 3
Parish Patrick Brompton (460432)
Benefice Lower Wensleydale
Deanery Wensley
Archdeaconry Richmond and Craven
Diocese Leeds

The Church of St Patrick, is the parish church for the village and parish of Patrick Brompton in North Yorkshire, England. The church is one of six in the Benefice of Lower Wensleydale and the oldest parts of the building date back to the 11th century. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) south east of Richmond and 4 miles (6 km) north of Bedale situated on the A684 road.

It is only one of two churches in Yorkshire to be dedicated to St Patrick.


Reference to a church at Patric Brumpton was first made in the 12th century, though it is believed that a place of worship had existed on the site for some time before that. The present church structure is largely from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, though there have been some modifications, alterations and additions over the years. The church, which is now a grade I listed structure, underwent a restoration in 1864. It is only one of two Anglican churches in Yorkshire which are dedicated to St Patrick, (the other being St Patrick's Church, Patrington). However, the dedication is first referred to in 1230, and may be in honour of Ghile Patraic (sometimes styled as Gilepatric and Gille Patraic), who was a landowner at the time of the conquest. One source states that a carved niche in the chancel used to hold a statue of St Patrick.

The church consists of two aisles either side of the nave, an east facing chancel, with a vestry to the north, and a porch to the south near the tower, which is at the west. Most of the internal fabric of the building is 12th century, whilst the walls are 14th century, though both the porch and the tower are modern additions. Most of the architecture is Early English, part from the chancel which is in the Decorated style. The church is largely built of sandstone with Westmorland slates on the roof. It is said that its design and use of stone was due to it being in the patronage of St Mary's Abbey in York, as its appearance was quite lavish for a remote parish church. The tower was erected in the 19th century to replace an older tower dating back to 1577. This tower also replaced an even earlier steeple that was blown down during a storm. Dates regarding the destruction of the tower are varied with some stating 1577 and others 1672. The Victorian renovation of the tower gave it a pyramid style roof which was seen as a bad decision architecturally in comparison to the church; one geographical diarist described it as "a deformity".

The tower houses three bells, dated 1400, 1686 and 1703. The bell from 1686 contains an inscription Pervvla per magnam prebabat cima rviam i place, which loosely translates as a very little crack, occasioned great ruin and is thought to refer to the destruction of the steeple during the storm of 1577.

The north-east end of the church building still shows marks where archers sharpened their arrows between 1100 and 1500. Many decrees by kings stated that the men of the parish should practise their archery skills on holy days should they be needed in times of war.


The churchyard contains several gravestones which are listed structures. There is also a memorial to the dead of the parish from the First World War and two Commonwealth war graves. Outside the porch door is an octagonal column with a sundial placed upon it which is inscribed with Geoge Smythes, Bedal[sic]. The sundial mentions Newfoundland and Maryland and is thought to commemorate those from the parish who went to be settlers in the New World.

Parish details

The church is in the Benefice of Lower Wenseydale and is one of six in that benefice, the other five are St Andrews Finghall, St Gregory's Crakehall, St Michael Spennithorne, St Oswald's Hauxwell and St Mary's church in Hornby. The Parish of Patrick Brompton (parish code 460432) includes the villages of Hunton and Newton-le-Willows.

Attendance at the church was an average of 25 people per week in 2017. This was down from 35 per week on average in 2008.


Vicars incumbent at St Patrick's are recorded as far back as 1300. Listings are taken from H.B. McCall's Richmondshire Churches and church records.

Year Incumbent Year Incumbent Year Incumbent
1300 Thomas 1490 John Wrangwych 1792 John Baines
1324 Hugh de Bargh 1525 William Farrer 1802 Thomas Hattersley
1352 John de Heslerton 1575 George Askwith 1803 Edward Hardy
1358 Thomas Nevil‡ 1592 John Leadbeater 1811 Hugh Rigg
1359 William de Strode 1600 Peter Baines 1866 John Thompson
1369 John de Waltham‡ 1606 Thomas Beane 1889 Christopher Norton Wright
1370 Adam le Thornton 1619 George Slater 1894 Reginald Edward Pownell
1389 William Lane 1625 Laurence Newton 1919 John Fotherley Dale Chapman
1390 John Belnerge 1654 William Sagg 1936 Henry Crick♦
1390 John de Popilton 1673 John Place 1971 Benjamin William Crawford
1420 William Clynt‡ 1696 Matthew Wood 1975 William Frederick Greetham
1423 Guy de Wesham 1721 Richard Thistlethwaite 1982 Raymond Joseph Pearson
1429 Alan Humbreston† 1724 George Scott† 1995 David James Christie
1440 William Hambold 1741 Gregory Elsley 2010 Bryan Dixon
1441 Nicholas Mallom 1766 Thomas Harrison 2017 Chris Lawton
1490 Robert Coppyng 1774 John Patrickson
  • †Died in office
  • ‡Resigned office
  • Interregnum between incumbent and previous when dates are incorrect, period appears too long or records are incomplete.
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