St Martin's Church, Whenby, North Yorkshire
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An old village church in a quiet rural setting
St Martin is set in a beautiful rural location with Castle Howard and the Howardian Hills close by. Drifts of snowdrops and daffodils clothe the churchyard in spring and sheep graze between the gravestones in summer.
The church is equally attractive. It was built around 1400 - although some parts may be 200 years older. Inside, the church is simple and airy, with pale stone offset against limewashed walls. Among the most interesting features are 14 massive Medieval oak benches and a Jacobean screen, with original door latch and hinges.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
An easy-to-miss unspoilt surprise
There is a high stile from the main road to the churchyard entrance. There is a steep unmade, uphill path to the church and an unmade churchyard path. There are two uneven steps into the church through the porch.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
15 miles north of York, off B1363 and 10 miles west of Malton; travelling from York, turn right off B1363 at Brandsby directly to Whenby
Nearest railway station: Malton (10 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.Whenby St. Martin - Your Church Tour Yorkshire County Guide
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.
Community information forSt Martin's Church, Whenby
All our North Yorkshire churches are in our North region.
Useful local links:
- Discover North Yorkshire tourism website
- Days out with the kids in North Yorkshire
- North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway
- A history of North Yorkshire in 10 objects
- The City of York and District Family History Society
- Family History Section of Yorkshire Archaeological Society
- Yorkshire Archaeological Society
- List of churches in North Yorkshire
- North Yorkshire is in the Diocese of York