St Andrew's Church, Weaverthorpe, Yorkshire, restored by G. E. Street: II (Painted decoration and tiling)

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Painted Decoration

Two views of the nave roof.

The nave of St Andrew's, Weaverthorpe, Yorkshire, restored by G.E Street in 1870-72, has a wagon roof on heightened walls, painted by Bell & Almond. Daniel Bell and Richard Almond formed a partnership 1868-1875, designing or producing stained glass, and later in that period were joined by the sculptor, James Redfern, who was responsible here for the statue of St Andrew by the chancel arch. They must have undertaken painted decoration as well (see "Bell & Almond (1868-1875")).

Left: The chancel roof. Right: The chancel.

The historic building listing describes the construction as a wagon roof to nave and an arch-braced, collar-beam roof to the chancel. Unusually, the nave roof was given a more elaborate painted design than the chancel, but that was probably because the construction in the chancel prevented elaboration. The altarpiece, a painted polyptych, is by Clayton & Bell, as is the stained glass.


A plan showing the tiles was published (Bayley). It is not certain that the actual floors follow it, but it demonstrates the thought that went into the scheme.

Left: Nave tiles. Right: Close-up of chancel tiles.

The tiles in the porch, nave and chancel are by Godwin, with elaboration concentrated in the chancel.

Related Material


Bayley, J. Four Churches in the Deanery of Buckrose, Restored or Built by G. E. Street. London: Akerman, 1894.

"Bell & Almond (1868-1875)." Stained Glass in Wales (Gwydr Lliw yng Nghymru). Web. 13 August 2020.

Church of St Andrew, Weaverthorpe. Historic England. Web. 13 August 2020.

"George Edmund Street" (a short guide published by the Victorian Society in 2017 and hosted online by All Saints, Boynehill). Web. 13 August 2020.

Norton, Christopher. St William of York. Woodbrige, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2006.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and David Neave. The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: York and the East Riding. London: Penguin, 2002.

Created 13 August 2020