The quiet villages of Upper and Lower Dunsforth can be found a few miles south-east of Boroughbridge and Aldborough.
The larger of the two villages is Lower Dunsforth, close to the River Ure.
The present victorian church was built by Mallinson and Healy, and is built from hammered sandstone in the geometrical style. This present building dates from 1860, and replaces a much earlier church, which had occupied the site for over 800 years. There is a 12th century font, and 12th century re-used arch in the vestry. The interesting south west tower contains an early eighteenth century clock mechanism.
Services are constantly evolving and include regular Parish Communion & innovative family services. These include the recent addition of Grandparents and Pet Services.
The church & fundraising events are the main focus for the villagers getting together.
Central to these is the Country Fair & Dog Show. Last year, local celebrity Vet, Julian Norton judged the Dogs, and the event featured on the Channel 5 Yorkshire Vet programme.
Other events include a Popular Quiz Night, the Dunsforth Draw & Village Carol Singing.
For more details about St Mary’s Church and the Dunsforth Villages, see www.dunsforths.co.uk