St Mary's Church, Stainburn, North Yorkshire

Address: Stainburn, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, LS21 2LW
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Fine views in a harsh landscape

This enchanting Norman church, with a stone roof and grey sandstone walls, has fine views over Wharfedale.

The church seems to have grown out of the harsh land on which it stands. Except for a porch, bell-cote and vestry, its original Norman shape and many original features are retained.

The splendid chancel arch, some of the windows and the well-carved font are all Norman; the roof is late Medieval and the robust oak pews are from about 1600.

Restoration has been minimal, leaving this as an enchanting place of great antiquity.

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Road directions

6 miles south west of Harrogate, off B6161

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Weeton (2 miles)

OS Reference No.

SE 247 485

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

 

 

 

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  1. Martin Williamson (07 Aug 2013, 08:51)

    I love this particular church: I love the way it is hidden from view until you step through the lychgate, when it's like stepping back into another world. I like the solitude that surrounds this church, the peacefulness of the lower Wharfedale valley. I also like the story of the passage of time that is so easy to see: the Norman structure, the later window additions and the porch and bellcote. A perfect place to reflect and paint...

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St Mary's Church, Stainburn, 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 step 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.