Normanby St Andrews

Name: St Andrew's

Date of Temple Moore Work: 1893–1895

Work done: Restoration and rebuilding

Church Description

An attractive little church with a familiar story: built in the Middle Ages, Georgianised in the 18th-century and re-medievalised in Victorian times.

St Andrew's had been renovated about a century before Temple Moore began work on it — the date 1778 is on a beam inside. Elements of the original medieval church had survived: the mid-12th-century north arcade of three bays, a little of the Norman arch in the south doorway. Moore was asked to rebuild the chancel and arch and the north aisle. He also reset a 15th-century window in the north wall, and put in a new east window with three lights — a typical Moore feature.

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The total cost for the work was £1270. For the stained glass in the new east window Moore turned to the artist he nearly always used, Henry Victor Milner (1866–1944). Their professional relationship lasted until Moore's death, and Milner went on to work for Moore's son-in-law, Leslie Moore, when he took over the practice.

Another 19th-century addition to St Andrew's was an American organ, installed at a cost of £18-18s.

Normanby's name contains a clue to its early history. It means “the settlement of the Norwegians”. It has a counterpart across the moors in Danby, which means “the settlement of the Danes”. Place names with -by on the end were originally Viking settlements. There are over 200 of them in Yorkshire.

Things to do nearby

Flamingo Land

Kirby Misperton Malton YO17 6UX

0871 9118000

Enough culture already! It's a theme park, it's got rollercoasters, it's got a zoo, it's got something called Crazy Combat Lazer Battle. You know you want to.

Pickering Castle

Castlegate Pickering YO18 7AX

01751 474 989

Classic Norman motte-and-bailey castle, looming above a picturesque country town. Free entry for English Heritage members.

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington YO62 5UY

01439 748283

Mellow Elizabethan manor house in a lovely spot on the banks of the River Rye. Art and photography exhibitions, a fine collection of dolls' houses in the attic (the National Trust calls them "miniature rooms") and an organic walled garden with peacocks. Nice tearooms, too.

Castle Howard

Malton YO60 7DA

01653 648333

One of Britain's grandest country houses, forever associated in the minds of those of a certain vintage with the 1980's TV adaption of Brideshead Revisited, which was filmed there. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor, the house is set in 1,000 acres of sumptuous parkland. You might swallow hard when you see how much it costs to get in, but if you can stretch to well over a tenner each, it's definitely worth the money. Stay all day and get your money's worth.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Pickering YO18 7AJ

01751 472 508

Nostalgic adventure by steam train, passing through some of the finest countryside in the North York Moors. Pickering to Grosmont and stations in between. Some services go on to Whitby.

Eden Camp

Malton YO17 6RT

01653 697 777

Excellent museum of the Second World War set in an old prisoner-of-war camp.

Where to eat and drink

Penny Bank Cafe

Kirkbymoorside YO62 6AA

01751 432606

A lively cafe in the daytime and a bistro in the evening. Fine food with a Mediterranean touch. Prides itself on its excellent coffee. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Star Inn

Harome YO62 5JE

01439 770397

Award-winning, Egon Rony-endorsed gastropub. Lovely thatch-roofed building. Superb "modern Yorkshire" cuisine. You're unlikely to get a table in the restaurant if you turn up on spec, so advance booking is advisable, although the same menu is available in the bar on a first-come-first-served basis.

Desi Spice Club

Beadlam YO62 7SU

01439 772400

Former village pub, now an Indian restaurant. The locals (1) grumbled when the pub shut, (2) went along to the new restaurant out of curiosity, and now (3) fill the place every Friday night. Which is a pretty good form of recommendation.

The George & Dragon Hotel

Kirkbymoorside YO62 6AA

01751 433334

The pleasant market town of Kirkbymoorside sports a number of entirely acceptable eateries, but you can't go far wrong with this one. Good quality food, local real ales and a great selection of wines in the bar, bistro and award winning restaurant.

The Appletree Country Inn

Marton YO62 6RD

01751 433189

Lovely pub with an imaginative menu, a welcoming atmosphere and genuinely friendly service.

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