Aughton Church

all saints church, aughton

A Moment in History

The Aske family could have changed this country we live in today beyond all recognition and this significant point in history revolves around the village of Augton. There are several scholarly writings on the Pilgrimage of Grace and some of these can be found on the links page but in 1536 Robert Aske found himself to be the reluctant leader of some 40,000 men of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire (against the 5,000 men mustered by the King).

He wished to avoid war with Henry VIII, a fact that almost certainly cost him his life at the hands of the government.

The Aske family church, All Saints, Aughton is a beautiful place where the history comes to life in both the fabric of the church and the annual event that celebrates Robert Aske.Google Map

A place of outstanding loveliness overlooking the banks of the river, All Saint's Church in Aughton is remote in its accessibility, you could be forgiven for visiting Aughton and not realising that there was a wonderful church tucked away. Aughton's church is located at the far end of the village, the only access way being via a small gateway and through the field to the right of Aughton Hall, which now stands on the site of the original moated medieval manor house, which was there by 1386.

To the north of the church are the overgrown earthworks where an 11th century Norman castle once stood.

Architecturally, the All Saints Church is noted for its fine Norman arch. The arch between the chancel and nave is a pure Norman one, in four rims, springing from attached columns. The first rim is of two beads; the second is dogtooth, richly moulded; the third is a hollow and a bead, with birds' heads projecting about every six inches; and the fourth is an egg and tongue latel. The church also boasts a fine Norman Font.