Pilgrimage to Rudston Church

The Bridlington Augustinian Society has occasional Summer visits to places of historic interest. The first pilgrimage this year was to Rudston church. Members and invited guests enjoyed a guided tour led by Bro John Walker who has a close connection with this church.

The church has recently established a history corner in the north aisle featuring Rudston village and its surroundings. The making of the model and display boards were mentioned in a recent talk to the Augustinians by Chris Hobbs of model making firm York Paragon Creative, and members were given the back story and additional details by Bro John.

Some of the church’s claims to fame are that it was lit by electricity before anywhere in Bridlington, the west window in the vestry was a doorway thought to be Anglo Saxon in origin, and the piscina features the head of Medusa and is thought to be Roman.

In the churchyard there is the grave of “South Riding” author Winifred Holtby, ancient stone burial cists collected from the surrounding area, and, of course, the largest standing stone in the UK. This has eroded dinosaur footprints impressed on one side with an embossed print on the other.  Yes, you heard me, dinosaur footprints.

Members then enjoyed light refreshments.