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'Grade 2' Listing For Two Yorkshire Coast Historic Places

'Grade 2' Listing For Two Yorkshire Coast Historic Places

Published by Karen Liu at 12:01am 20th December 2019.

Two historic places in and around the Yorkshire Coast are now protected.

Historic England has published its National Heritage List for England in 2019.

It features Brompton-by-Sawdon's Chapel of Rest and the other is the Pigeoncote at Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

They have both been listed as Grade 2, meaning both sites have now gained protection. 

The two places are part of 42 across Yorkshire who have been added to the National Heritage List.

Trevor Mitchell, Regional Director of Historic England in Yorkshire and the North East, said:

“A fascinating range of historic buildings and sites are added to the List each year, and 2019 is no exception.

We are celebrating the special historic places which surround us, so that they can be valued and cared for.

There are more than 400,000 sites on the National Heritage List for England, giving protection to our most valued prehistoric and historic places.

Our heritage is a shared delight, which we should look after and enjoy, now and for the future”.

Heritage Minister Helen Whately said:

“England is home to many historic, iconic, and sometimes quirky sites.

Protecting our heritage is of huge importance so future generations can better understand all the things that have made this nation great.

I'm delighted that such a diverse range of important and interesting places were protected by Historic England in 2019.”


This small chapel was built in 1889 to serve the rural community at Brompton-by-Sawdon.

It is an important early work by English architect Temple Lushington Moore, who went on to become one of the country's leading church architects of the Edwardian period.

He was responsible for building 38 new churches in England, nearly all of which are listed. 

Despite its small size, the Chapel of Rest displays a number of features that are characteristic of Moore’s designs, including the use of asymmetry, the subtle variations in stonework and the impression that the building has evolved over centuries, even though it is less than 150 years old.

The marbled dado and parquet flooring inside the church reflect the simple quality that make the design exceptional.

The tower roof is very similar to that used by Moore between 1884 and 1887 for Grade II listed St Aidan’s Church in Carlton, North Yorkshire.

Engleby Chapel of Rest, Cemetery Chapel, Ings Lane, Brompton-by-Sawdon, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Credit: Historic England Archive


These days, pigeons are often regarded as a nuisance but in the past they were much coveted by the rich and powerful.

Wealthy landowners would often build lavish, ornamental pigeon cotes, which provided a source of meat, as well as highlighted their own social status. 

The pigeon cote in the grounds of Sewerby Hall was built in the early 19th century by the Greame family.

Standing at two storeys high with 296 nest boxes built into the walls, the eye-catching tower-like structure was an ostentatious display of wealth and power.

East Riding Sewerby pigeon cote view from the south
Credit: Roger Thomas
East Riding Sewerby pigeon cote entance and 1st flr nesting boxes (2)
Credit: Roger Thomas


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