St Mary's Church, South Cowton, North Yorkshire

Address: South Cowton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 0JB
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A finely-crafted church built in warring times

St Mary’s stands above the water meadows of South Cowton, with views of the neighbouring castle on the hill to the south.

Sir Richard Conyers, a supporter of the House of York, erected both buildings between 1450 and 1470 at the start of the Wars of the Roses.

The handsome church, like the castle, is sturdy in character. Inside, craftsmanship is superb, especially the stained glass, wall painting, consecration crosses and roof.

Effigies believed to be of Richard and his two wives lie in the chancel. There is also a porch with a barrel roof and room above, some lovely glass and a strange 'two-faced’ carving on a choir stall.

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Road directions

8 miles east of Richmond, off B1263. Travelling from Catterick, turn right before the garage at the crossroads to north and east Cowton. Follow the farm track for 0.5 miles past Church Farm to the church

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Northallerton (8 miles).

OS Reference No.

NZ 293 027

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PDF iconYorkshire County Guide (PDF, 5.3mb)

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

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  1. Jarvis Miller (17 May 2011, 11:05)

    I visited in 2009 and found a beautiful, well-preserved little jewel out in the countryside. My great-great grandparents, John Wade and Mary Dunn wre married there 11 December 1815.

  2. Peter Hodgson (18 Nov 2012, 22:11)

    I visited on 13th October 2012 in search of my Parkinson ancestors of SOuth Cowton. Many are buried in this wonderfully cared for church and graveyard. I was so pleased to be able to see inside. I took a photograph of every grave (I hope!) and will be compiling a spreadsheet for genealogical records of local family history societies. I recently did the same for East Cowton graveyard.

  3. Jill Siddons (05 Mar 2013, 19:54)

    If Peter Hodgson revisits this site, I would appreciate him contacting me because I am also researching my Parkinson ancestors. My email address is jill.siddons@btinternet.com

    I will be visiting the church in a few weeks time so I hope the weather is good enough to also take photographs.

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St Mary's Church, South Cowton, North Yorkshire

Keyholder

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 a path through churchyard to the chancel door. Access is tight through the door and 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.