Cycle Ride to Ellerton Church – Saturday 3rd June 2017

On a lovely sunny day,  eight members enjoyed a cycle ride out to visit Ellerton Church via Elvington, Sutton upon Derwent,  Storwood  and East Cottingwith.

Ready to set off at 11.00am
Lunch stop near Ellerton. Thank you to Andy and Lynne for providing tea and coffee
Saying hello to Andy & Lynne’s alpacas
We are Schanco, Rio, Noir and Santana

After lunch we made an extended ride to visit All Saints Church in Aughton. The church is reached through a gate at the west end of the village then via a track that goes between the  moated site of the Askes’ manor house and the earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle.



Below the shield  on the main tower is an enigmatic inscription in old church text, mixing 16th century English, French and Latin.
Christofer le second fitz de Robart Aske ch’r oublier ne doy Ao Di 1536
Translates as:
Christopher the second son of Robert Aske Knight ought not to forget AD 1536

More information about the church can found on their website

Moving on to St Mary Church at Ellerton where we were met by Ann Sotheran (Treasurer of the Ellerton Church Preservation Trust)


The church stands at the west end of the village overlooking the Derwent Ings.  An early work of the celebrated Victorian architect J. L. Pearson. Built in 1846-8 it replaced a remnant of the church of a Gilbertine priory. Redundant but cared for since 1995 by the Ellerton Church Preservation Trust.

More information can be found on their website

Ann provides a summary of the history and restoration of the church
East window – depicting the past, present and future of Ellerton church this window contains many dozens of intricate details reflecting the history and setting of the church, designed and made by Helen Whittaker AMGP and Barley Studios, installed in 2003
King David and the Risen Christ, nave window
The west end of the church

The ride to Ellerton Church was of particular relevance to two of our members – John and Margaret Eastwood. They were married here in 1969.


A couple of forthcoming events to be held in Ellerton Church


On the way back to Dunnington along Common Lane just before we reached the A1079

Many thanks to Alan Briers and John Eastwood for organising and leading the ride of 27 miles.   Also a special thanks to Andy and Lynne Hunter  (Margaret’s brother and sister in law) for their hospitality on our lunch stop and to Ann Sotheran  for her very interesting insight into Ellerton Church.



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