We happened upon the church of St Mary at Lastingham a few years ago. Back in August there was a local art exhibition in Lastingham and whilst there I couldn’t resist another visit to this ancient church.
When I say ancient, I mean it. The original church dates back to the 650s when it was established as a monastery by Cedd. Lets take a look inside
through the door
Before we go down those stairs in the middle of the picture, take a look up
I love the vaulted ceiling. Going down the stairs to the Norman crypt
the little altar at the far end.
where this is stored.
Coming back up
there’s the font and
and a plaque to a John Featherstone. Featherstone is such a common name in this area.
Here is a stone pulpit, I don’t think I have encountered many stone pulpits.
a blocked in arch way
the view looking towards the back of the church.
there is this view up the hill
no wonder Bede wrote of this setting‘
amid some steep and remote hills which seemed better fitted for the haunts of robbers and the dens of wild beasts than for human habitation; so that, as Isaiah says, “In the Habitation where once dragons lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes”‘.
Hope you enjoyed this church. Linking with Inspired Sunday