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All Saints Church, Aughton, 2004
Aughton is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Location within the East Riding of Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE705386
• London160 mi (260 km) S
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO42
Dialling code01757
UK Parliament
List of places
53°50′21″N 0°55′44″W / 53.839136°N 0.928960°W / 53.839136; -0.928960Coordinates: 53°50′21″N 0°55′44″W / 53.839136°N 0.928960°W / 53.839136; -0.928960

Aughton is a village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Ellerton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) north-west of the market town of Howden and 9 miles (14 km) south-west of the market town of Pocklington. In 1931 the parish had a population of 100.[1]

It lies west of the B1228 road and east of the River Derwent.

All Saints Church

Church tower, 6 quarterlings, 2008
Church tower, 6 quarterlings, 2008
newt carved in sunk relief, 2008
newt carved in sunk relief, 2008

All Saints Church, Aughton is located at the far end of the village and overlooks vast expanses of the floodplains of the River Derwent. Tucked away in the village, it can only be accessed on foot through a small gate and field adjacent to Aughton Hall. An historic church, famous for its association with Robert Aske, leader of the insurgents in the Pilgrimage of Grace, October 1536. Aske was executed for treason on 12 July 1537.[2] The church displays a mixture of architectural designs as it has been altered throughout the years, but is noted especially for its Norman arch between the chancel and nave. On the chancel floor a well-preserved ancient brass of a knight in 15th century plate armour and his lady can be found, although much of the lady is now missing. Standing in the churchyard and looking up at the tower, (which was rebuilt by Christopher Aske sometime after 1536), a shield with six quarterings can be seen engraved on the outside wall, now badly weathered but it offers the following inscription in old French text: "Christofer le second filz de Robert Ask chr oblier ne doy, Ao Di 1536." This is literally translated as: "Christopher, the second son of Robert Aske, chevalier, ought not to forget the year of our Lord 1536." Also on the tower is a benchmark of the time and carved, in sunk relief, a newt or salamander otherwise known in Old English as an Ask.

The church was designated in 1966 as a Grade I listed building and is now recorded in the National Heritage List for England, maintained by Historic England.[3]

To the north of the church are the surviving earthworks, now restored, of a motte-and-bailey castle, that has been scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as an ancient monument.[4]


  1. ^ "Population statistics Aughton CP/AP through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "1537: Robert Aske, for the Pilgrimage of Grace". Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints (1346742)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Motte and bailey castle, fishpond and moated site north and east of Aughton church (1007973)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 February 2015.


  • Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 3.

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