I promised two more local churches. Here’s the next one. If you walk a couple of miles west from Pickering you come to the village of Middleton. The “ton” part of Middleton indicates a Saxon village or town. And indeed the church here of St Andrew’s is of Saxon origin.
However what is inside is far more interesting. For inside in the North Aisle are some world famous Viking crosses which show a mixture of Christian and pagan symbols. They have even appeared in the TV programme Time Team.
Have a look
On one side is a hunter with a spear and on the other a snake or dragon like carving. This stone was found built into the side of the Tower in 1911.
This one shows a warrior with a helmet, and various weapons.
This one is just a fragment and shows another warrior.
Hard to make out what is on this one but it appears to be pagan animal heads.
The church is lovely quiet building and well worth seeing should you be passing.
PS The post office in the village does a jolly good afternoon tea!!
Better pictures can be found on this site