Volunteering today with the National Trust in Bransdale. Delightfully, I took the opportunity to have a look around the quaint St Nicholas’s church, perched at the head of the dale.
St Nicholas’s church may be squat but it stands proud, casting a discerning gaze down the valley below. Its Grade II listing records that it was built in 1886. However, the architectural historian, Nikolaus Pevsner, has his own theory. He insists that the church’s origins predate that declared year, perhaps aligning more with the turn of that century. It seems the clue is in the window surrounds. Pevsner boldly proposes that the purported 1886 date merely represents a remodelling rather than the church’s true date of construction1Pevsner, Nikolaus. “The Buildings of England – Yorkshire – The North Riding”. Penguin Books. Reprinted 1985. ISBN 0 14 071009 9..
- 1Pevsner, Nikolaus. “The Buildings of England – Yorkshire – The North Riding”. Penguin Books. Reprinted 1985. ISBN 0 14 071009 9.