St Mary

The medieval church of St Mary’s lies within the Hambleton Hills, half a mile from the village of Over Silton.

The date of foundation is unknown, although the oldest part of the church dates to the 12th century. However, there is evidence suggesting that the church was built on the site of an earlier place of worship. Near the door in the wall of the nave are re-used stones dating from before the Norman conquest.

The church was one of a number given in 1145 by Roger de Mowbray as part of the founding of Newburgh Priory, an Augustinian priory. St Mary’s has been modified and extended over the centuries. In the 14th century, the chancel was added, the 15th-century bellcote houses a 14th-century bell and the stained glass windows are Victorian.

St Mary's remains little changed over the years. The simplicity of the interior and the exterior, and the impact of having no electricity or connected water make the experience of visiting the beautiful church very serene. This is a haven of peace and tranquillity in an area of outstanding beauty.

The church is always open to the public. A very popular time of year is spring when the wild daffodils are in full bloom. However, there is never a bad time to visit the church to appreciate all it has to offer. The church is maintained and supported by the local community, and general maintenance and church cleaning are all done on a voluntary basis. Repairs to this unique building are ongoing and costly. Donations towards the upkeep of the church are always very welcome.

Services are held during the summer months from Easter to September, and everyone is warmly welcome.

The parish of Leake with Over and Nether Stilton and Kepwick is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of York’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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Rev Dianne Gamble

The Vicarage
North Yorkshire

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In May, June, July, August, September. Every Fourth Sunday at for 30 mins
St Mary
Kirk Ings Lane Over Silton Thirsk, YO7 2LA, United Kingdom

A service of evensong