St Mary’s Church, located in the deer park, is one of the most richly decorated churches of the Gothic Revival, designed by William Burges in 1871 and considered to be one of his finest works. This church was commissioned by the Marquis of Ripon to become the Parish Church. The church is one of a pair, the other, in the nearby village of Skelton was commissioned by Lady Mary Vyner (cousin of the Marquis) to commemorate the murder of her youngest son in Greece.
It was worth walking 2 miles through the deer park in the pouring rain to see the stained glass windows, painted ceilings and walls, marble pillars amongst amazing gold leafed artwork and architecture. The solid brass door was a sight to behold.
I must apologise for the poor quality of the pictures. I did not have my tri-pod (always leave it at home!) and there was little light inside.