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St. Denys's Church, Walmgate

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St. Denys's Church, Walmgate
St Denys Walmgate is on the block inside Walmgate, Dennis Street and St Denys Road, within the walls on the south-east side of the city. The area seems originally to have been a suburb of the Roman city, which grew up round the old 'Waingate' (the street of the waggons). Built on the site of a Saxon church and possibly a Roman temple, this small medieval church was first recorded between 1154-1170. The medieval nave stood to the west of the tower here.

The church comprises a short, narrow nave with wide north and south aisles. The modern nave is the medieval church's chancel, which survived when the old nave was demolished in 1798. At the same date the spire was removed and the doorway of about 1160 reset in the south chapel. The tower was taken down and rebuilt in 1846. The little graveyard opposite this church contains the grave of notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, hanged on the Knavesmire in 1739. [The History Files]


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St. Denys's Church is located at OS Grid Ref. SE6071451574

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