Askham St Nicholas

Official Listing Description

SK 77 NW





(west side)

Church of St. Nicholas

Grade II*

Parish church. C12, C13, C14, late C14, C15, restored and re-roofed 1863, further restored 1907. Coursed rubble, dressed coursed rubble and ashlar. Tile roofs. Single stack to south nave. Tower, nave, south porch and chancel. The C15 diagonally buttressed tower of 2 stages with a band at the juncture is set on a plinth with a moulded band over. Embattled with 8 crocketed pinnacles it has 2 gargoyles to both the north and south sides. The west side has a single arched window with 3 cusped lights. There are 4 arched bell chamber openings each with 2 arched lights and panel tracery. There are single rectangular stair lights to the west and north and 2 to the south. The east side has a single clock face. The raised north nave wall has a continuous sill band broken by the doorway. Single late C14 3 light window with cusped lights and mouchettes under a flat arch with hood mould. To the left is a pointed double chamfered arched doorway and hood mould and further left are 3 similar windows. The C13 coursed rubble chancel has 2 C13 lancets in the north wall. The buttressed east end has a single C14 arched window with 3 cusped lights and cusped trefoils over. There is a single transom and the window is blocked under this. The south chancel has a single double C13 lancet. To the left is a pointed chamfered arched doorway. The raised C12 south nave wall has a continuous sill band broken by the porch. There are 3 late C14 3 light windows with cusped lights and mouchettes under flat arches with hood moulds. To the left is the 1907 ashlar and tile porch with coped gable and single ridge cross. Set on a chamfered plinth with moulded arched entrance, hood mould and label stops. The inner moulded pointed arched doorway has a hood mould with head label stops. Further left is a single similar 3 light window and hood mould. Interior. The inner chamfer of the double chamfered tower arch is supported on corbels. There is a C20 screen under. In the north wall at the junction of nave and chancel and set diagonally is a single niche with cusped ogee arch. In the south chancel wall is an ogee arched piscina, in front is the remains of a C13 shaft piscina with nailhead decoration. The north and south nave walls have single cusped niches. The late C17 altar rails have heavily twisted balusters. There is a panelled pulpit. The remaining furniture is C20 with an octagonal font.