St Gregory's Minster, Nawton/Beadlam/Wombleton

  • About Us
  • Find Us
  • Contact Us
  • Services and Events
  • Features and Facilities
  • More Info

 For news and further information visit our new website for Kirkdale Churches (this includes Harome, Nunnington, Pockley, St. Hilda's, Beadlam and St. Gregory's Minster).

'One would look far before finding a place which surpasses Kirkdale for the combination of beauty of setting with historic and architectural interest.' Few would disagree with these opening words of St Gregory's Minster's guide book written by Richard Fletcher. Kirkdale's most famous monument is the ANGLO-SAXON SUNDIAL situated just above the main doorway under cover of the C18th porch. It is well preserved owing to its having been covered by a coating of plaster for several centuries prior to 1771 and to the subsequent protection afforded by the porch. The Old English inscriptions on the sundial tell us that St Gregory's was bought by Orm Gamelson when it was in ruins and he had it rebuilt. It tells us that this was during the period when Tostig was Earl of Northumbria, 1055-1065. The earliest phase of the present building was therefore within this decade. The inscription makes it clear that the church built by Orm replaced an earlier one and expert scholarly opinion, on the evidence of decorated stone slabs and more recent excavations, dates the history of the site to about 750 or perhaps even earlier. There are several more interesting items within the church.

The present-day church community is pleased to welcome visitors from all over the world who, judging by their comments in the visitors book, are delighted to find the church open during the day. During summer weekends, volunteer stewards are on hand to help people make the most of their visit. By prior arrangement it may be possible for groups to be given a guided tour.

The Friends of St Gregory's Minster make financial contributions towards the maintenance of the fabric of this tiny Minster and new members are always welcome. At the AGM, usually in May, a short business meeting is followed by the Kirkdale Lecture, the subject of which is usually of a historical nature pertaining to Kirkdale or the surrounding area, given by experts in this field. Notice of the Lecture is posted on the noticeboard at the appropriate time and non-members are welcome to attend. The Friends hold an annual lunch following the Patronal Festival Service in September and also arrange various visits and events throughout the year. 

St Gregory's Minster Choir welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in joining them. They sing a very wide selection of music at weekly services, from Gregorian Chant to present day composers. Why not have a word after the service if you might be interested? 

The Parish of Kirkdale has been a Local Ecumenical Partnership for many years together with our daughter church,St Hilda's, Beadlam.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

This space is for a Google Map.

You are seeing this message instead because your browser has not loaded the program code to produce the map.

This could be for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Your browser does not support Javascript;
  • You have turned Javascript off
In addition we are aware of some problems with Internet Explorer which are currently being worked on. Firefox and Chrome show the map correctly.
Revd Andrew De Smet
Kirkdale Vicarage
YO62 7ST
01439 770760 (Rev'd Andrew De Smet) or 01439 770523 (Rev Susan Binks Curate

Send an Email

  • Regular Services
Printer friendly list of events


services see
Sunday at
Book of Common Prayer



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight

Guided Tours Guidebooks
Church Open Daily, 0930 - 1800 or dusk if earlier
Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Andrew Charles DE SMET
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 19282
Built: c1060
Style of worship: Traditional BCP
Our Patron: The Archbishop, The Archdeacon of Cleveland, Lady Clarissa Collin (turns 1 and 2 jointly), The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford (turn 3).
Archdeaconry: CLEVELAND (433)
Deanery: Northern Ryedale (43310)
Parish Legal Name: Kirkdale (430480 )
CofE Church Info: (643480 43/480)
Short URL:
QR Code:

The current editor is: Richard Wilson

This page was last updated on Friday 4th November 2016
St Gregory's Minster , Nawton/Beadlam/Wombleton, North Yorkshire, Y0 62 5JF - Grid ref: SE676858.1 1, 2 m W Kirkbymoorside, minor road off A170.4 m E Helmsley

Our Other Churches

Other Links

Picture Gallery

Calendar of Events

About the Parish

Update this church