Last Week’s Shoot – Whixley and Allerton Mauleverer

As I mentioned in my September Shoots post most of my shoots recently have been on foot, but I did make one train trip in September (my first since February!) all the way to Cattal – one stop down the line towards York…

Medieval mainly C14 Church of the Ascension, at Whixley, North Yorkshire, England.

Although the station is called Cattal, it is halfway between Cattal and the much larger village of Whixley, which is easily accessible as there’s a roadside path all the way there (as long as you detour through the amusingly named Roman Barfs).

Lychgate inscription “We all do fade as a leaf” at the Church of the Ascension in Whixley

Whixley has a lovely old church, which is a grade II* listed building. There’s a rather sobering inscription on the Lychgate as you enter the churchyard!

Church of St Martin at Allerton Mauleverer near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

The main reason for my visit, though, was to have a look at another grade II* listed church – the lovely Church of St Martin at Allerton Mauleverer, set in parkland near the entrance to the Allerton Park estate.

Church of St Martin from the churchyard at Allerton Mauleverer

This fine building is now a redundant church and is looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust. There was an earlier church on the site but it was remodelled in 1745-6 in Norman style.

Interior at the Church of St Martin

I was pleased to see the Churches Conservation Trust “Church Open” board at the gate, so I had a look inside too. It was easy to observe the social distancing signs as I was the only person there. There are some interesting effigies in the north transept and a vast tomb to a Mrs Mary Thornton in the south transept (which you can just see in the image above). You can see more images of the church and the rest of the shoot in the North Yorkshire gallery on my website.

Cattal railway station near Knaresborough

I returned to Whixley via a shorter path and followed the roadside path back to the station. I had a while to wait for the train, but it’s not a bad spot to wait on a sunny day, listening to the tinkling of the bells from the Victorian signal box!

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Mark Sunderland is a retired landscape and travel photographer still taking the occasional photograph! For image licensing and prints see

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