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Church - Public interest, free entry

The Killing of the Servant

The Killing of the Servant

One of seven windows designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti depicting the parable of "The Tennants of the Vinyard". The face of William Morris appears in the doorway.

Details

St. Martin’s is the perfect High Victorian Church, and was built in response to the rapid urban development of The South Cliff that had taken place since 1845.

The church was designed by George Frederick Bodley from Hull. He was commissioned by Miss Mary Craven, a spinster, also originally from Hull, whose generosity ensured the success of the project. Bodley employed the newly formed firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company to complete the decoration and stained glass, and the church was consecrated in July 1863.

The windows exhibit designs by William Morris, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Philip Webb and Ford Madox Brown, while the pulpit, and east wall are decorated with paintings designed by Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones.

The form and furnishings of the church are the product of the medievalism of Victorian art. St. Martin’s remains today the physical and spiritual heir to the love of ritual and worship inspired by the Oxford Movement of the 1840s. The church represents an increasingly precious inheritance in art, history and worship.

Michael Hall in his Book "George Frederick Bodley and the Later Gothic Revival in Britain and America", 2014, states: “Each window, like the elements of the church’s painted decorations, demands detailed individual appraisal, like a visit to an art gallery.....St. Martin’s is the first church of the Gothic revival where this is the case.”

In the relationship between architecture and decoration, St. Martin’s comes close to the artistic coherence demanded by Pugin and by Morris, due in large part to the superb range of Morris glass. It fulfils the wish of another Victorian architect, J. L. Pearson, that the whole effect of a church should to to bring one to one’s knees in prayer and thanksgiving.

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Please note that there is a toilet on site but it is not suitable for disabled visitors

Opening details

Worship times affect opening times, please check the website for details of services. Free guided tours every Tuesday Morning 1 May - 1 October at 10.30am. Tours last for approximately one hour.

Prices

Free entry

Address

Albion Road,
Scarborough,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2DD

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TA 041877  Lat: 54.27471 Long: -0.40127

Albion Road connects easily to the A165 (Filey) Road.

From the town centre (Railway Station) take the A165 towards Filey and Bridlington. Cross The Valley Bridge and, after the traffic lights at the end of the bridge, climb a short hill to take the second turning left onto Albion Road. The church will be clearly visible.

Sat Nav users "1 St. Martin's Avenue, Scarborough, YO11 2DD" is near the main entrance is on the south side of the church on St. Martin's Avenue. Latitude: 54.27471181, Longitude: -0.40127134. Street parking for 3 hours 0900 - 1700.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.5 miles from Scarborough station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Please note that there is a toilet on site but it is not suitable for disabled visitors

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit