Topcliffe: St Columba, Topcliffe

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From its dedication and its location in the north of England, the church is believed to have been founded by a disciple of St Columba, such as Aidan, Finian or Colman, during their Conversion of the North, well prior to the Danish invasion of Yorkshire in AD 794. No certain evidence exists of the pre-Conquest building - which may have been destroyed at the hands of the Danes - except possibly a Celtic wheel-head cross in the possession of the modem church thought to have belonged to a (?stone) church built here in late Saxon times.

AD      1067:   William Percy, of the family eventually becoming Dukes of Northumberland, received lordship of the manor of Topcliffe. The motte and bailey of an early Percy castle (“soon after 1071”, says Pevsner) is clearly visible at Maiden’s Bower, about half a mile from the church, together with a later moated manor platform and its enclosure;

AD      1085-7:  The Domesday survey records Topcliffe church as having two priests;

AD      1162:   The church was given by the third Baron Percy to St Peter’s Cathedral in York;

AD      1258:   a vicarage for a perpetual vicar was established by the Archbishop of York;

AD      1499:   a chantry for St Mary the Virgin was founded in the church. By the suppression of Chantries in 1547, there were six chantries in the parish, of which one was in the churchyard, also to St Mary the Virgin, and two were in the church.

In AD 1362, York Minster Fabric Rolls record a church “recently built’, which endorses Pevsner’s “early 14th century” date for the mediaeval church of which a small portion exists today. Certainly, the style of the remaining mediaeval stonework is decorated

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01845 578513
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Benefice Service
When there is a fifth Sunday in the month, location changes on rotation
Every fifth Sunday at 9:15 AM for 1 hour
Holy Communion
Every second Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Holy Communion
Every third Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Uses BCP
Every fourth Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Book of Common Prayer Common Worship
Choral Evensong
Sung by the Choir
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Taize Service
Based upon the services held at Taize France, a time for rerflection, prayer and chanting
Every fourth Sunday at 7:00 PM for 1 hour



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 3447
Built: 1855
Architect: G T Andrews
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Lady Downe
Archdeaconry: CLEVELAND (433)
Deanery: MOWBRAY (43309)
Parish Legal Name: Topcliffe (430604 )
CofE Church Info: (643604 43/604)
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The current editor is: Stephen Yates

This page was last updated on Tuesday 7th February 2017
Topcliffe: St Columba : Church Street, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, YO7 3PA

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