Robin Hood’s Bay, St Stephen.
Old St Stephen’s Church sits on the hilltop overlooking the picturesque historical sea port of Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.
From the Churches Conservation Trust:
This intriguing period-piece of 1821-22, stands prominently on its hillside above Robin Hood’s Bay, looking out to sea and on a site where people have worshipped for many centuries. Externally it looks severe and windswept; internally it is a rare and unaltered example of a church furnished for the preaching of the Word a real ‘preaching box’ which has escaped re-ordering with galleries to the north and west, box pews below and a superb three-decker pulpit half way along the south side. The sea is a recurring theme throughout and there are memorials to the shipwrecked in church and churchyard, a list of rescues by the lifeboat and a model of SS Pretoria. Rare survivals are the ‘maiden’s garlands’, which were carried in the funeral procession of a maiden.