St John’s is one of the unknown treasures of Yorkshire. As old, if not older than nearby Laughton All Saints. The church stands on the site of at least one Celtic well, which had its festival day at Midsummer.
The church contains evidence of Romano/British activity. Many of the walls are Anglo Saxon. The windows, clerestory, tower, screen and font are 15th century, with unusual sculpture on the font showing faces from the three known continents (at the time) and representing the tie with the three Kings/ Magi. There is a large coped coffin lid from around 1300 and some interesting memorials – including the first memorial written in English not Latin.
Two of the altar stones, removed during the Reformation are on site. There are many Mason’s marks, including some similar to ones at Roche Abbey and Rotherham. There is evidence of a larger church
The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is now more available to visit due to the founding of the ‘Friends of Throapham Church’ (new members welcome). Visitors to the church are very welcome and we provide guided tours for groups including school children. Come and see what treasures this church has to show!
If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.
Address: St John's Road, Throapham, Laughton, S25 1YL
Opening Times: There is a keyholder notice on the church door. Guided tours available on request.
Contact: 01909 732485 or Pammd15@talktalk.net
Directions: M1 J31. Take A57 and left turn onto B6463 Todwick Road. Left at roundabout, left on St John’s Road. Church on left.
Grid Reference: SK 523 875 GB Grid
The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.
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