A Church with significant History
St Mary’s Church, was first mentioned in the Domesday book. The Church you see today is probably the third on the site and the bulk of the modern structure dates from around 1350 – 1400, although there are one or two pieces of the earlier church still visible today. St. Mary’s is in a relatively good state of repair thanks to a substantial amount of work being carried out over the past thirty-five years and a generous grant from English Heritage. The tower has six bells with an enthusiastic and able ringing team who are available for celebratory events.
Simply to visit the church and absorb its history, beauty and peaceful atmosphere is a joy in itself, but with a little imagination the experience can be even more fulfilling. Look out for some interesting old tombstones and ‘the Devil’s Door’. There is a handsome memorial to Sir John Bright who raised a regiment for Parliament during the Civil War, later changed sides and after the Restoration was knighted for services to the king and he became the Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Details of church services.
Sunday 11.00 am Sung Eucharist There are additional services on Saints’ days and other major festivals. The Christmas Carol service is always well attended. During the Covid lockdown, the choir recorded a service which was posted on Facebook. Hymns Old and New is used at St Marys’. Baptisms usually take place during church Sunday services.
Church Coffee Mornings
Regular coffee mornings take place at St Mary’s Community Centre from 10am – 12pm every last Saturday of the month. There is an entrance fee of £2 which includes tea or coffee and biscuits. A few extra pennies will bag you some yummy home made cakes and there is also a white elephant stall and raffle.
All money raised goes towards the upkeep of our beautiful but ancient Church