Parish church of SS Peter and Felix
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Kirby Hill, historically also known as Kirby-on-the-Hill, is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. The village is about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Ravensworth and about 4 miles (6 km) northwest of the town of Richmond.
The east window of the chancel is 13th-century. In the 14th century the vestry, north aisle and south porch were added and several new windows inserted. The west tower was built in 1397. In the 15th century the clerestory and south aisle were added. The church is a Grade I listed building.
The tower has two bells. One is inscribed Venite exultemus domino, which is Latin for "Let us come and praise the Lord", a quotation from Psalm 95, and SS 1664, which the year it was founded and the initials of the master founder, Samuel Smith of York.
A monument in the church commemorates the former rector Dr John Dakyn (1497-1558), who was Archdeacon of the East Riding. He who took part in, and is a noted chronicler of, the Pilgrimage of Grace, but "managed to exculpate himself".
Other notable rectors of the parish include George Fitzhugh (died 1505), who was Chancellor of Cambridge University and Dean of Lincoln, William Rokeby (died 1521), who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Alan Percy (circa 1480-1560), who was Master of St John's College, Cambridge.
Notable alumni of the school include Matthew Hutton (1693-1758), who was born here and was made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1757, the astronomer William Lax (1761-1836) and the antiquarian and topographer James Raine (1791-1858).
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