Most of the present church dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries, but there is evidence of much earlier stonework in the building. The church also contains much Victorian stained glass. It has two fonts – one inside the church and one (supposedly Saxon) outside the church!
The church at Stanwick sits very close to the original centre of the Iron Age fort. It’s churchyard seems to respect a more ancient ritual use and it’s siting in conjunction with not only Mary Wild Beck but also the Sacred Spring in at the front of this church and it’s 10th century origins indicate this site was a focal point for ritual activity right back to the Iron Age and before.
This Bronze Age site comprises of three large standing stones, it is thought originally there were as many as five stones in this alignment. Being Bronze Age little is known about the origin of the Devil’s Arrows, the name reflecting a more recent myth. The monument is strongly linked with an alignment with several others covering a line of over 50 miles and heading north south through North Yorkshire.