The United Benefice of Great Ouseburn,
Little Ouseburn, Marton Cum Grafton and Whixley with Green Hammerton

Welcome to Holy Trinity, Little Ouseburn

The church with its mausoleum and attendant yews, and the nearby Georgian bridge are charmingly set on a bend in the road in a landscape still keeping much of the feeling of C18th parkland. This famous sketch of Holy Trinity is by Anne Bronte who worshipped here in the mid C19th with the Robinson family by whom she was employed as Governess.


The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The tower and chancel date from the 11th century, the south aisle, arcades and the chancel arch from the 14th century, and the battlements and pinnacles on the tower from the 15th century. In 1874–75 the north aisle was rebuilt to provide an organ chamber and a vestry, and the east window was altered, the architects being the Lancaster partnership of Paley and Austin. Also during the 19th century the porch was added.

The Church has Anglo-Saxon origins and notable features for visitors who appreciate church history and architecture, including Roman stone. Particular features to note are the east window, described by Pevsner as being “of more than ordinary interest”. The intersecting forms of the tracery date from about 1320. The stained glass was inserted after 1928 in memory of the Ambler family. The choir stalls of 1875 incorporate three fine late medieval ends with shields, birds, tracery and inscriptions. The superb writing on one of two of the Bequest boards is worth noting.

To the southwest of the church is a mausoleum dating from the middle of the 18th Century. It was built for Henry Thompson of nearby Kirby Hall who died in 1760. The Friends of Thompson Mausoleum purchased the building in 1997 and with the help of a grant from English Heritage had it fully restored. It was gifted to York Conservation Trust in 2009.