Ingleby Greenhow Church

I am not into religion but churches are usually the oldest building in a village so they have a certain fascination. St Andrew’s Church is odd-looking, low and squat with a bell tower that looks out of place. According to the inscription over the door, the church was rebuilt in 1741 but some of the base courses have been dated to the 12th century. No doubt a church existed on the site many centuries before that, the village name ‘Ingleby’ suggesting a settlement of Angles amongst an area dominated by Scandinavian settlers. Apparently, on either side of the chancel arch, there are ‘hagioscopes‘, holes cut through the stonework to allow a view of the alter from pews which would otherwise be out of sight.
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