Most of the records of the Church which was once used as a boundary line between the two villages of West Cottingwith and Thorganby have disappeared. This ancient little Church is acknowledged to be one of the most exquisite pieces of brick and stone work in the country.
The first thing to strike you is the segmented archway dividing the Nave from the Chancel. This arch is very possibly a somewhat rare example of a rounded Saxon arch as the mason marks are very clear of that period. The East window belongs to the perpendicular period. The diamond panes have a rose and scroll design, and by their slight irregularities are obviously hand marked. The date of the manufacture was late 18th century. The “wave” effect in the glass, shows it to be prior to the development of the sheet glass process. The edging of the window is a dull, brownish red, due to the fact that two hundred years ago, the art of producing the brilliant reds and earlier stained glass had been lost. This is an excellent example of the nearest to red that could then be produced using seaweed potash as the colouring medium, hence the name “kelp” given to this type of glass.
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