St Mary the Virgin

St Mary’s church was built by the Staveley family in 1840 and extended in 1890.

About this church

It contains much interesting glass which provides artistic and historic links with the church at Tanfield and with Ripon Cathedral. The building and its contents are a memorial to members of the Staveley family and to the inhabitants of North Stainley over the ages. 

The churchyard contains many headstones dating from the 19th century to the present. Recent burials are to the northwest of the church and in the extension to the south of the church.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

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St Nicholas

The church is perpendicular in style. The nave and chancel were built in the 14th century with the north aisle and tower added in the 15th century. It was heavily restored by the Victorians which may explain the rather soulless interior.


Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral has a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries, offering an unbroken tradition of witness to the Christian faith, both in the city of Ripon and across North Yorkshire.

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