Stainburn, St Mary's Church
Stainburn, St Mary's Church
Looking out over Wharfedale is this small, rustic 12th century church, which began as a chapel of ease to nearby Kirkby Overblow. The church was given to Fountains Abbey in the middle of the 12th century.
The building is constructed of gritstone rubble to a very simple layout, with a rectangular three-bay nave, chancel, porch, vestry, and central stone bellcote.

The interior features a very nice Norman chancel arch, Norman windows, and a nicely carved font of a similar age. The roof is late medieval and the pews date to around 1600. The real appeal of the building is its simplicity - with the exception of a few furnishings, very little has changed since the church was built in the 12th century.

St Mary's is no longer in regular use and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Its not a spectacular building, buit an attractive one that really exudes a sense of age and history.