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St. Mary's Church, Kirkby Fleetham

St. Mary's Church, Kirkby Fleetham
St Mary's Church, Kirkby Fleetham, occupies land on the northern flank of Fleetham Hall, both of which lay on the northern side of Kirkby Lane and the village itself. Originally, there were two distinct villages here, Kirkby and Fleetham. The former has entirely disappeared, and the hall and church almost certainly stand in its location. The original church was in existence by the twelfth century, and elements of that church still survive in stones in the south doorway.
The present building is almost entirely modern, destroying most of its previous history. It consists of a chancel, north vestry, nave, north aisle, and south porch. The rebuilding was carried out mainly in the fourteenth century style. The massive tower appears to be one of the few surviving older features, dating mainly from the fifteenth century. It contains three bells. An effigy of a knight who is probably the son of the Sir Nicholas Stapleton stands in the chancel. [The History Files]

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St. Mary's Church is located at OS Grid Ref. SE2811895723

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