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Whitby 2016 – Sunday Morning at St Bartholomew’s Ruswarp

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Our first full day in North Yorkshire was a Sunday, so we sought out the local church. Although it only had a Sunday service once a month, we were fortunate it was that particular Sunday.

St Bartholomew’s is part of a benefice which includes three churches in Whitby (St Mary the Virgin, St Hilda and St John the Evangelist). There are a number of clergy serving this benefice. We were to visit St Mary the Virgin and St Hilda’s later in our holiday.

Situated in the centre of the village by the river Esk and the railway level crossing, the church was a short walk from our accommodation.


Parish Church of St Bartholomew, Ruswarp
18 September 2016

Entering the church the chancel caught our eye, the inscription on the beam at the entrance to the chancel and the ceiling over the high altar.


Chancel of St Bartholomew’s Church
18 September 2016

Although the nave was laid out for a reasonable sized congregation (we estimated at around 120). The capacity has been reduced with a circulating area created at the west end where there is a small kitchen and tables.

The Sunday service took place in a side chapel with 16 seats.


Altar and Stained Glass Window in side Chapel
18 September 2016

The congregation numbered 10, and it was the first time the then new Vicar in charge of the benefice had take a Sunday service at St Bartholomew’s.

One feature of the building is the number of carvings of mice on the woodwork and a cat. It took a little while to search them all out. These can be seen in the linked photo album.


The cat on the font
18 September 2016


The mouse on the pulpit
18 September 2016


Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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