St. Patrick's Church, Patrington - History


The church dates to the medieval era.

It is commonly known as the Queen of Holderness.

The church, an extensive edifice, situated in the centre of the town, is the handsomest in Holderness. It is dedicated to St. Patrick, and is valued in the Liber Regis at £22. Patron, the master and fellows of Clare hall, Cambridge. In plan, this church comprises a nave and aisles, transepts and aisles, and a spacious chancel, with a tower and lofty spire* in the centre. The west front is made into three divisions by buttresses, those at the angles being double, and all finished with square pinnacles, ending in pyramidal caps, with crockets and finials. This front rises to an apex, and on it is a foliated cross. The centre window is large, of five lights, with a transom, the sweep of the arch filled with elegant tracery. In each of the front aisles is a pointed window of two lights, and in the sweep of the arch three trefoils conjoined. The nave is made into four divisions by buttresses, similar to those in the west front; three of these divisions have windows similar to the west front, and in the second division from the west is a large projecting porch, in two stories: at the angles are double buttresses, and in the lower story is a pointed arched entrance. The whole of this part of the church is finished with a string-course and parapet. Some of the buttresses have grotesque gargoyles, of full-length human figures, making a singular appearance.

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