Church of St John the Baptist, Stanwick, North Yorkshire

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.