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GOLDTHORPE ST JOHN & ST MARY

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Welcome to this unique church at the heart of Goldthorpe, a former mining village.

The church was built by the 2nd Viscount Halifax, keen to inspire the local community and encourage their spiritual wellbeing.

It was the first church in England to be built almost entirely in reinforced concrete, including all the principal internal furnishings within the church (which are of finely-finished concrete), the Presbytery, which is attached to the church, and even the boundary walls. The experimental nature of this construction, however, meant that the composition of the concrete allowed acidic water to leach through and rust the metal core of the walls. By the 1990s the church structure was showing significant signs of degradation and had to be substantially reinforced. The church was re-hallowed in June 2002.

Beautifully proportioned and filled with interesting and innovating architectural and ecclesiastical features.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.

VISITING ST JOHN & ST MARY

Keyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsGenerally accessible to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Lockwood Road, Goldthorpe, S63 9JY

Opening Times: Please contact us to arrange a visit.

Contact: 01709 898426 or carl@schaeferc.freeserve.co.uk

Directions: A1(M) J37. Take A635 to Barnsley. After passing through Hickleton turn left onto Doncaster Road to Goldthorpe. In Goldthorpe turn right into Lockwood Road. Church on right.

Grid Reference: SE 463 045 GB Grid

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The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.

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