St Lawrence

The present church was built in the Decorated style in 1891 on the site of a previous Georgian church built in 1733 by Revesby Abbey estate owner Joseph Banks, the great grandfather of naturalist Sir Joseph Banks.

About this church

The 1733 church was built on the site of an even earlier church. The parish of Revesby includes the site of the Cistercian abbey of St Mary & St Lawrence, founded in 1142 and colonised by monks from Rievaulx Abbey. The abbey was suppressed through the 1538 Dissolution of the Lesser Monasteries Act.

The church you see today was provided by James Banks Stanhope and Edward Stanhope and completed in 1892. It was built mainly of Ancaster stone to designs by Charles Hodgson Fowler of Durham.

There is a monument to Joseph Banks (1665-1727), a Norman font and a pretty reredos with gilded angels and mother of pearl inlay. Fragments of Revesby Abbey can be seen as reset masonry in the tower of the church. Nearby is the Joseph Banks Almhouse, another grade II listed building. You can still see the original foundation stone is above the doorway.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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There has been a building on the site since 1230, when Simon de Tynton was presented by William de Lisures to be the first Rector.

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St Lawrence

A small redbrick church designed by James Fowler and built by James Banks Stanhope in 1875 as a chapel of ease to Revesby, to save people the bleak journey to the parish church.

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