Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales

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Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales
A small stone church standing in a churchyard on top of a hill.  On the near gable is a bell-cupola.
Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales, from the west
Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales is located in North Yorkshire
Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales
Old St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales
Location in North Yorkshire
Coordinates: 54°26′25″N 0°32′59″W / 54.4402°N 0.5497°W / 54.4402; -0.5497
OS grid reference NZ 941 059
Location Robin Hood's Bay,
North Yorkshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Churches Conservation Trust
Dedication Saint Stephen
Functional status Redundant
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 6 October 1969
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1822
Closed 1870
Materials Sandstone, slate roof

Old St Stephen's Church is a redundant Anglican church standing on a hillside in Fylingdales, overlooking Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building,[1] and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2]


The church was built in 1822 replacing an older church; a church has been present on the site since the medieval era.[1] This church closed in 1870 when it was superseded by a new church, also dedicated to Saint Stephen, on a new site near the railway station.[3] The old church was vested in the Trust on 1 December 1986.[4]

The church has been semi-converted inside to make it habitable for campers (or what travel-writers and the Church of England are calling Champing).[5]



The church is constructed in sandstone with a purple slate roof. It is a simple building comprising a single-cell "preaching box", with a six-bay nave, a small sanctuary, a south porch and a north vestry. At the west end of the church is a bell-cupola. The architectural style of the church is Gothic Revival. Above the porch is a sundial bearing the dates 1736, 1864 and 1919. Inside the porch are wooden benches. In the walls of the nave are windows with pointed arches. There is a square-headed door in the south wall of the sanctuary. The east window is similar to those in the nave, and it is flanked by diagonal buttresses. In the wall of the vestry is a 15-pane window.[1]


The interior of the church contains its original Georgian fittings. These include a panelled gallery on the north and west sides that is carried by Doric columns, a triple decker pulpit on the south wall with a sounding board, and box pews. One of these pews carries the name and the coat of arms of the Farsyde family. There are also memorial tablets to members of the Farsyde family. The font dates from the early 18th century.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Stephen, Fylingdales (1148706)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 May 2011 
  2. ^ St Stephen's Church, Fylingdales, North Yorkshire, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 18 October 2016 
  3. ^ The Parish Church of St. Stephen, Fylingdales, Church of England, retrieved 13 September 2010 
  4. ^ Diocese of York: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 2, retrieved 3 April 2011 
  5. ^ Copeland, Alexa (18 August 2017). "A room with a pew". Darlington & Stockton Times (2017-33). p. 70. ISSN 2040-3933.