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

Welcome to Church of the Ascension, Whixley

Whixley is a rural/agricultural village and is a conservation area. The church is situated at the edge of the village on an elevated site overlooking the village.

The church has been well attended over the generations and currently there are weekly services attended by 25-35 parishioners with annual services for Lent, Ascension, Harvest and Christmas and it is used by a wider community for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.

The church a Grade 11* listed building has its roots in the 12th and 13th century and consists of - West Tower, Knave, North Aisle, South Aisle, South Porch, Chancel, North East Organ Chamber and Boiler House beneath the western portion of the aisle.

Building materials:-

Tower Roof - Red clay tiles
Nave, Chancel, Organ Chamber & South Porch Roofs - Grey or York Stone laid in random and diminishing courses.
North and South Aisle Roofs - Lead Sheet with wood roll joints.
Exterior stonework - Mixture of

Items of Special Interest

- It contains two obvious Norman connections - these are a font and the stone framed north window. Later Victorian additions were added as a result of a massive restoration during this period, together with contemporary changes carried out in a recent 20th century restoration which was extremely thorough.

- It has several stained glass windows and there are remains of mediaeval paintwork to the stone arcade at the West end.

- There are several memorial plaques on the walls and window ledges.

- The building has considerable historical association with the Tancred family, late of Whixley Hall. This includes a marble tomb, which was bequeathed in the mid 19th century in the south west corner adjacent to the bell tower entrance.

- The peal of six bells are in excellent condition and played regularly by our own bell ringers and visiting teams.