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St. Matthews Church, Naburn

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St. Matthews Church, Naburn
St Matthew, Naburn, stands on the eastern side of York Road, just below the St Matthew's Close junction. A chapel at Naburn was first mentioned in 1353 and was referred to in 1433. Naburn remained a chapelry until 1842, when it was made a separate parish. The original Chapel of St Nicholas on this site, in the grounds of Naburn Hall, was taken down and rebuilt about 1870. Little is known of the earlier building, but repairs were made in 1615 (steeple) and 1721 (porch).
The new church of St Matthew was built in 1854 and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, north-west tower and spire, and south porch. It was designed in the Decorated style by G T Andrews of York. The pulpit was replaced in 1910. There were two bells in 1764 but the new church had three. Naburn Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1818, in the back lane east of the village. It was replaced in 1857 by a larger chapel near the village centre. This closed in 1970. [The History Files]

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St. Matthews Church is located at OS Grid Ref. SE5989445362

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