St John the Evangelist

The church is a good example of the work of George Edmund Street, the famous 19th century architect.

Carlton, Yorkshire

Opening times

Most Saturday mornings 9am to 12pm, please contact us to arrange a visit at other times.


Carlton Road
S71 3JB

It has been described by Pevsner as ‘his grittiest church’, and provides an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy environment. The church was built for Edward Montagu, Earl of Wharncliffe in 1878/9. It was built in memory of his father, John, Lord Wharncliffe to serve the growing mining community of Carlton.

The church comprises a nave, Lady Chapel and chancel. The most striking feature is its ‘saddleback tower’ which is an important feature of the local landscape. The church contains a fine three manual JJ Binns Organ dating from 1898 (incorporating earlier work probably by Nicholson of Bradford). It has recently been rebuilt by Wood of Huddersfield. A new gallery at the west end of the church has given the opportunity to provide Community Facilities within the building.

There is a fine War Memorial in Portland stone in the lovely churchyard, which features many species of daffodil in the spring.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • 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

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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