Sometimes the best kept secrets are hidden in plain view. This describes "All Saints Church" in Northallerton, a large imposing building that its impossible to miss on a visit to this North Yorkshire market town.
The origins of the church hark back to the 12th century with the Saxon arches in the North Aisle - this was the original location of the Chancel. Norman (later 12th century) pointed pillars are evident in the South Aisle, and a Norman grave cover commemorating 'Nicol Scayl..de Alvertune (Alvertune is an old name for (North) Allerton, dating from about 1150.
The weathered stonework on the exterior eventually drew me inside, where despite an ongoing refurbishment of the lighting system, many ornate features begged to be photographed.
I certainly received a warm welcome from the Ministers of the church and spent a short but satisfying time recording but a few of the features.
Many church in this area do record a transitional timeline from ancient wooded structures, to Saxon, then Norman stone to the present day, but All Saints is certainly a fine, very well kept example and certainly worth a visit for those with an interest in local history or theology.
ref. Publications - Northallerton Parochial Church Council 2015 & 2006.