Birdforth, St Mary's Church
Birdforth, St Mary's Church
A tiny 12th-century church rebuilt during the Tudor period, St Mary's stands just a short distance away from the busy A19. The church is built of rubble with a pantiled roof and is composed of a four-bay nave, small chancel, and west bell turret. There is no porch; entry is through a Norman south door directly into the nave.

Within the church, the most interesting feature is a royal coat of arms to Elizabeth I, carved in stone and dated 1585. The panelled pulpit dates to around 1700 and is carved with depictions of vines.

The font is a simple Norman tub design, probably dating to the 12th century and standing on a recarved base. It is topped with a 17th-century wooden cover.

In the chancel is a worn 14th-century grave slab carved with a sword symbol. The nave roof has a tie-beam carved with the date 1702 flanked by the initials GB.

St Mary's is no longer in regular use and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. It is sometimes called Birdforth Old Chapel.