- 1616-1991 (Creation)
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St Mary’s Church, Birdforth, also known as Birdforth Old Chapel, was founded as a chapel of ease within the parish of Coxwold. Parts of the church fabric date to the twelfth century, although the existing building largely dates to the sixteenth century and later. The church contains a carving of the coat of arms of Elizabeth I, dated 1585.
Birdforth was augmented through Queen Anne’s Bounty in 1739, 1775, 1787 and 1792, and subsequently became a separate benefice in the patronage of the Archbishop of York.
The church was declared redundant in 1975 and became the responsibility of the Redundant Churches Fund, now the Churches Conservation Trust, three years later.
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