St Mary's Church, Birdforth, North Yorkshire
- What's nearby
An easy-to-miss unspoilt surprise
It is rare for this charming little church, or its hamlet, to be noticed by drivers on the busy trunk road between York and Teesside, but it is simple and unspoilt, and well worth a visit. It has rubble walls and pantiled roofs, and consists only of a nave, chancel and bell cote.
Originally Norman or pre-Conquest, the building seems to have been slightly altered in Tudor times.
There is a stone Coat of Arms dated 1585.
A church built with unpaid ransom money. A church from our finest shortlist.
An old village church in a quiet rural setting
There is a step down intp the church and a step into the chancel.
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.
5 miles south east of Thirsk on A19; church can be seen from the A19
Nearest railway station: Thirsk (5.8 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.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.
Community information for St Mary's Church, Birdforth
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