Church of St John the Baptist, Stanwick, North Yorkshire
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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.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A finely-crafted church built in warring times
Parking is available in front of the churchyard. There is a path to the church and access is through the porch. There is one step down into the church.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
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
Nearest railway station: Darlington (7 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Stanwick St. John the Baptist - Your Church Tour Yorkshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Useful local links:
- Discover North Yorkshire tourism website: www.discovernorthyorkshire.co.uk
- Days out with the kids in North Yorkshire: www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk
- North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway: www.nymr.co.uk
- The City of York and District Family History Society: www.yorkfamilyhistory.org.uk
- Family History Section of Yorkshire Archaeological Society: www.yorkshireroots.org.uk
- Yorkshire Archaeological Society: www.yas.org.uk
- List of churches in North Yorkshire: www.achurchnearyou.com
- North Yorkshire is in the Dioceses of Rippon and Leeds: www.riponleeds.anglican.org