North Riding of Yorkshire

West Tanfield Church, North Riding of Yorkshire

The Church in West Tanfield dates to around the mid-Norman period, although most of the surviving work is newer. Some traces of the early work can still be made out inside. The tower was added in the 15th Century and the bulk of the church dates from the 13th to 15th Centuries. Victorian restoration, however, was so heavy that it is difficult to discern any precise dates from what has been left to us.

Inside the church is a monument to Sir John Marmion and his wife Elizabeth who were responsible for the Castle which stood next to the church. Today only the 15th Century gatehouse, known erroneously as the “Marmion Tower”, survives and is owned by English Heritage.

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