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St John the Baptist

This lovely church, has been a place where worship has been offered to God for over 1000 years, with the original Norman church constructed during the reign of Henry I (d 1135).

Wales, Yorkshire

Opening times

Normally open 9am to 4.30pm, except during school holidays.


Church Street
S26 5LQ

The original nave and chancel now form part of the Lady Chapel with a beautiful Norman chancel arch on which is a curious carved head. Also in the Lady Chapel there is a medieval grave cover and a memorial to Sir Thomas Hewitt, surveyor of works to King George I. There are very attractive Norman nave bosses, showing coats of arms of local gentry and two unusual carvings of ‘Green Men’.

The Norman font stands at the entrance to the 15th century tower and has a modern carved cover. The tower houses three bells the oldest which is dated 1425. The other two bells date from 1618 and 1630. The wooden pulpit standing at the north side of the nave dates from 1727 and would originally have been canopied and double deckered. The imposing brass eagle lectern was donated in 1893.

The south porch protects an impressive 12th century doorway. It has a fine tympanum with upcurved base and a chequer patterned surrounded by a lozenge band. The band consists of wonderful alternate human and bird head carvings.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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