St John the Baptist, Stanwick, North Yorks

One of the joys of ‘church-searching’ is never quite knowing what you’ll find – from a shape on a map to a magnificent or indeed humble building, there will always be a glimpse of the past waiting for you.

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Holy Trinity Church, Wensley

Whenever Wensleydale comes up in conversation, I trot out the old fact that it is the only one of ‘The Dales’ to be named after its town, rather than its river. (The river is the Ure, by the way.)

Until recently I had neither visited Wensley, nor its Dale. However, with the Churches Conservation Trust app to hand. I made a detour to do just that.

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