Garton on the Wolds

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Garton on the Wolds
East Riding
Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Garton on the Wolds, Yorkshire, England - 2004.jpg
St Michael and All Angels, Garton on the Wolds
Grid reference: SE983594
Location: 54°1’17"N, 0°30’1"W
Population: 348  (2011)
Post town: Driffield
Postcode: YO25
Dialling code: 01377
Local Government
Council: East Riding of Yorkshire
East Yorkshire

Garton on the Wolds is a village on the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is found three miles north-west of Driffield town centre, on the A166 road.

The civil parish is formed by the village of Garton on the Wolds and the hamlet of Elmswell. The 2011 census recorded a parish population of 348.

St Michael's and All Angels

St Michael's and All Angels interior

Garton's church, St Michael's and All Angels, is a Grade I listed building.[1] It is on the Sykes Churches Trail devised by the East Yorkshire Churches Group.[2]

The church dates back to Norman times, circa 1132. In the 19th century it was restored by John Loughborough Pearson, with funding from Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet of nearby Sledmere House. Later his son, Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet, employed George Edmund Street to furnish the church.[2]

The church was eulogised by Nicholas Pevsner and is a popular visitor attraction due to its unique interior; the walls and ceilings are decorated in colourful murals depicting various biblical scenes, in sharp contrast to the stark interior of many other churches, and it has highly geometric floors in the altar and nave.[3] The mosaics in the sacristy are in the Cosmati style.


In 1823 Garton parish was noted as being in the Dickering Wapentake and the Liberty of St Peter. There existed a Methodist chapel, and a school which was partly supported by revenue from shares in the Driffield Navigation. The population at the time was 357. Occupations included twelve farmers, three tailors, two butchers, two grocers, two wheelwrights, a blacksmith, a boot & shoe maker, and the landlords of The Three Tuns and The Chase Inn public houses. There was also a schoolmaster and five gentlemen.[4]

Garton was served by Garton railway station on the Malton and Driffield Railway between 1853 and 1950.[5]

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  1. National Heritage List 1160977: The Church of St Michael (Grade I listing)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sykes Churches Trail Southern Route". Beverley, East Yorkshire: East Yorkshire Historic Churches Group. 
  3. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: York & East Riding, 1972; 1995 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-09593-7
  4. Baines, Edward: 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County of York' (1823); page 209
  5. Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Gazetteer – A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 6.