Hovingham All Saints' Church

All Saints Church in Hovingham is part of the Street Parishes and was rebuilt in 1860 by Marcus Worsley retaining its Saxon tower and other important Saxon carvings.

There is little to betray Hovingham’s comparatively recent rebuilding, the Saxon provenance of the tower is immediately apparent. It is believed the tower dates to just before 1066 and it is clear that some of the tower’s masonry was reused from an even earlier church. It is thought Saxon landowner, Orm, probably commissioned Hovingham’s first rebuilding.

There are three known fragments from the early church: an eighth century "Anglican” cross over the west door; the ninth century "Annunciation Stone” in the Lady Chapel; and a tenth century "Wheel” cross on the south side of the tower. Within the chancel there is also a preserved Viking cross that was formerly built into the tower and was removed for preservation in 1925.

Within the church, the reordered Gothic of the nave and aisles contrast sharply with the unfaced stonework of the Saxon tower arch and its surrounding masonry. There is a conspicuous course of herringbone masonry that is such a delightful feature of the Saxon period. The rebuilt nave, chancel and north aisle follow the original floor plan and were rebuilt in thirteenth century style. Two lancet windows were retained in the chancel. The south aisle was added at this time, with the Lady Chapel following as recently as 1937. There are several memorials and some interesting stained glass windows.

Further details on the Church, Parish News and Church Services are available here:

Hovingham Methodist Chapel

(picture taken by Robert Wainwright)

The Chapel is open most days and for service on Sundays.

Welcome to Hovingham Methodist Chapel, which is situated in the centre of the village, near what would have been the old Market Place. The Chapel is behind the Parish Church and further behind the brick house Chestnut Cottage, also known as Chapel House. There is the wording Methodist Chapel on the gates. The postcode is YO62 4JX.

 We meet for worship most Sunday mornings at 10.30am and we would love you to join us. If we are not here we will have joined our friends at the Anglican Church or at Slingsby Methodist Church, who we usually worship with on the 5th Sunday of the month, taking it in turns to either go there or for them to come to us. You can always check the details by clicking on the link on the Ryedale Methodist Circuit website.

We are not a large Chapel but our members are very active within the village, They help in organising the ecumenical Womens Fellowship, and have become practised performers in an ‘Open the Book’ team, acting out biblical scenes in another Junior School each week. We also help with the Shoebox Appeal.

Hovingham Methodist Chapel exists to promote the love of God as shown in Jesus Christ, through words and action in this community.

As we seek to become relevant to the community and to uphold Christian convictions and examples we will seek to build fellowship with each other, with individuals within the community and with members of other Christian denominations.

We undertake to consider the relevance of this Chapel to the community through

·Appraisal of our worship

·Our activity within the community

·Our reflections on moral and world issues

·Our developing prayer and fellowship


Minister in charge: Rev Peter Sheasby

Senior Steward: Mrs Sue Goodwill (01653) 628077

Further details on the Chapel, Parish News and Church Services are available here:

Roman Catholic Services

Mass is every Sunday at 9.00am at St Aidan's Church, Oswaldkirk.
Hovingham contact is Rob Thompson, who can be contacted on 01653 628640.