Ruined Chapel, Snilesworth

Snilesworth is, or was, the name of a township in the upper reaches of Ryedale, one of the less frequented parts of the North York Moors. In 1890 it had a population of 104 inhabiting a few scattered houses and farms with a small school attended by 22 children, and a Methodist Chapel. The chapel overlooking Blow Gill is now in ruins but clearly shows signs that some thought and expense went into its construction. It’s built of dressed local freestone but the lintels, cills and corbels are of limestone which must have been imported some distance. The roof has long gone but a few broken slates remain inside, most likely Welsh slate I’m told. There is a semi circular step to the entrance and the inside shows signs of lime mortar.

Nowadays the name Snilesworth is more associated with the Lodge, the Moor and, in particular, the Estate for in 2008 the Snilesworth Estate had its reputation tarnished when three of its game keepers admitted charges of using of live pigeons to trap birds of prey.





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