St Gregory’s Minster


St Gregory's Minster

St Gregory's Minster is an Anglo-Saxon church with a rare sundial in Kirkdale near Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. The minster was built in 1060 on the site of an earlier church and is dedicated to St. Gregory who Pope 590-604. The sundial above the church door dates back to the 11th century.

We spent the afternoon in the market town of Helmsley visiting the shops and having a bit of lunch before popping in to see St Gregory's. We almost missed the sign on the edge of the highway but are so glad we stopped in to see it. The minster is in a secluded little glen near a beck and is perhaps one of the oldest buildings in North Yorkshire dating back to the Viking era. We were very fortunate to receive a guided tour from the local curate who was tending to the cemetery and the history is fascinating.


My father was a proud Yorkshire man born in Bradford and sadly died back in 2001. The Yorkshire dialect was something he was always very proud of and he never passed an opportunity to educate me when the chance arose. The Yorkshire motto is a peculiar verse he loved to recite but try as I might, I have never been able to find it anywhere in print. Well today in Helmsley I chanced upon a store front display of the same Yorkshire Motto while the girls were inside the shop. See if you can successfully decipher it.