Laurence Sterne Trust

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Riverside Community Primary School, Tadcaster

St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster was first built around 1150 and subsequently rebuilt between 1380 and 1480 after the building was destroyed in 1318. In the nineteenth century, the whole building was dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone on higher foundations because of problems with flooding.

Remains from the church’s early life and history can be seen on the west wall just inside the church. There are fragments from a Saxon cross, a repurposed grave marker featuring pair of scissors, as well as remains from a Norman arch and some stained glass from the medieval church. In one of the stained glass windows, you can see the figure of Saint Catherine. She was the patron saint of linen weavers, which was an important trade in Tadcaster during the Middle Ages.

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