St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough

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The church of St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough
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St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough
LocationScarborough, North Yorkshire
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Martin
Heritage designationGrade I listed
Architect(s)George Frederick Bodley
Completed11 July 1863[1]
Vicar(s)Fr David Dixon
Organist/Director of musicEric Hewes
Churchwarden(s)Michael Baines, Sheila Silvester

St Martin-on-the-Hill is a parish church in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in the Church of England.


The church was built between 1862 and 1863 to designs by the architect George Frederick Bodley.[2] It comprises a north tower, saddleback roof, nave with clerestory, aisle and chancel. The west end contains a rose window.

Much of the decoration and stained glass was completed by Morris & Co., some of the earliest work completed by this firm. The ceiling decoration of the chancel is by William Morris and Philip Webb. The altar wall displays the Adoration of the Magi by Edward Burne-Jones. The reredos and rood-screen date from 1889, a later addition by George Frederick Bodley; the artist was Charles Edgar Buckeridge. The paintings on the Bodley organ case were done by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope.

On 16 December 1914, the church was one of many buildings in Scarborough which were damaged during the German bombardment of the town.[3] The raid took place just as the 8.00 a.m. communion service was commencing. Despite the noise and damage, Rev Charles Mackarness[4] continued with the service.[5] Later that day, the wedding of Richard Horsley and Winnifred Duphoit continued as planned.[6]

In June 1973 the church was listed as Grade I.[7]


the Rossetti panels in the pulpit

The pulpit has 10 painted panels by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Morris.[1]

Notable incumbents[edit]


An organ was installed in 1875 by the builders Harrison and Harrison. This was later transferred to Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale, Berkshire.

The organ was installed in 1890 by the notable London firm of Henry Willis. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[12]



  1. ^ a b "150th Anniversary Celebrations at St Martin's Scarborough". The Archbishop of York. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  2. ^ Muscular churches: ecclesiastical architecture of the high Victorian period. C. M. Smart. University of Arkansas Press, 1989
  3. ^ Berryman, Bryan. "German bombardment of Scarborough". Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  4. ^ Taylor, Jim (April 2014). "Oxford Movement: a detail you may have missed" (PDF). “The Friends” Newsletter. Friends of St Martin's. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  5. ^ "The day Germany brought terror of war to two Yorkshire seaside havens". Yorkshire Post. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  6. ^ "St Martin's on the Hill, Scarborough: Bombardment Wedding". BBC. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Martin (1242903)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  8. ^ "The History". Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Guide". Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  10. ^ Warsop, Keith. The Early F.A. Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. Soccer Data. p. 103. ISBN 1-899468-78-1.
  11. ^ "Anglo-Catholicism In Scarborough". Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  12. ^ "The National Pipe Organ Register – NPOR". Retrieved 10 September 2014.

Coordinates: 54°16′28.86″N 0°24′0.78″W / 54.2746833°N 0.4002167°W / 54.2746833; -0.4002167