Church of St John the Baptist, Stanwick, North Yorkshire

Address: Stanwick, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 7RT
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A church built on ancient foundations

The church of St John the Baptist is situated in an ancient sacred landscape which is indicated by the remains of Anglo-Saxon carved stones re-used in the walls of this medieval church.  However, this is a much more ancient landscape of power, royalty, and warfare than the Anglo-Saxon stonework signals.

The church is sited within Stanwick Camp an Iron Age earthwork fortification which was probably a centre of power for Cartimandua, queen of the Brigantes tribe. Therefore, though Stanwick may today appear a quiet village it was not always so. The earthworks would have remained an impressive site during the early historic period making this a significant place for the local population.  

The site seems to have been a location for Christian worship during the Anglo-Saxon period  as indicated by the remains of a 9th century Anglo-Saxon cross shaft now in the church. The churchyard seems to be more ancient than the present church as it is circular suggesting that it is pre-Norman Conquest.

The present church dates from the 13th century though it was renovated in 1868 and the fine Victorian tiles and arts and crafts details on the door hinges all date from this period.

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Road directions

7 miles north of Richmond, off B6274; north of the A66 to the north of Richmond, off the B6274; in the centre of Stanwick Camp

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Darlington (7 miles)

OS Reference No.

NZ 185 120

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







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This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in North, South & West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Julie Thompson (28 May 2011, 14:48)

    My Son was baptised in this church 21 years ago and I think he was the last one. The Church is a must see .I moved away 20 years ago and went back two months ago. I forgot what a beautiful church .You can spend ages trying to find the grave stone with the skull and crossbones. The views are fab and plenty of Roman history around in the surronding villages.

  2. Janet Hall (16 Mar 2013, 16:32)

    Easter Sunday will be celebrated in Stanwick St John at 10.30am on 31 March 2013 with a service of Sung Eucharist at which the choir will sing.
    There is a 10.30 Sung Eucharist in the church whenever there is a fifth Sunday in the month.
    We are also asking for people to put a small arrangement of flowers into the church on Sat 30 march so that it will be suitable decorated for Easter.

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Church of St John the Baptist, Stanwick, North Yorkshire

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If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is one step down into the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.