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St. Hilda's Church, Hinderwell



The church of St. Hilda at Hinderwell was built in 1773, replacing a twelfth century church built on the same site.

The church was built at what was then the northern end of the village. Since then the village has been connected to Port Mulgrave, on the coast, and so the church is at the western corner of the enlarged community.

The original church was probably of 12th century date, and was a simple structure. The current church was built in 1773, and is itself a simple building, consisting of a single rectangle of 67ft 6in by 28ft 6in, with a tower at the west end. The tower also serves as a porch and the vestry is built onto its north wall. There as six rectangular windows on each side, and a three light window at the east end. The side windows were modified in 1895 and given gothic tracery inside the rectangles.

In the churchyard there is a well that is said to have been blessed by St. Hilda of Whitby.


Grid Reference: NZ 791 170
The church is at the western end of the village, on the road to Port Mulgrave.