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Welcome to St John the Evangelist, a beautiful church in the picturesque village of Denby, Huddersfield.

Denby was a Danish settlement dating back to the 9th century, mentioned in the Domesday Book. It was originally part of the Parish of Penistone whose church was built around 1200. There was no other place of worship in that vast moorland parish embracing Denby and villagers had to walk or travel in carts to Penistone.

In 1626 13 parishioners were drowned trying to cross the waters of Scout Dyke on their way to Penistone church and the villagers applied for a licence from the Archbishop of York, Tobias Matthew to build a chapel in Denby itself. A church was built in 1627 and licensed for Religious Ordinances but not Holy Communion. By 1743 reports stated there were 200 communicants (Confirmed Anglicans) in village, with staff from Penistone Grammar School conducting the limited services allowed in the chapel.

In 1837 Bishop Longley found the old chapel in a 'filthy and ruinous' state. The church was pulled down in 1844, and a new larger church constructed in 1845. In 1853 the order was signed by Queen Victoria making Denby into a separate parish.

There are many things to see in and around this lovely church including: the tower and nave of the original 1627 church, a bell donated 1678 by Lady Mary Beaumont of Denby Hall, gallery, barrel roof, crossed rafter roof, pews, organ, chancel and memorial tablets. The family history registers date back to the mid 1800ís and can be viewed by prior request.

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


Open at specified timesKeyholder 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: Denby Lane, Denby, Huddersfield, HD8 8UN

Opening Times: Coffee morning, first Wednesday in every months. Friday film nights (see events section for details).

Contact: 01484 862283 or 01484 864722 or

Directions: M1 J37. Take the A628 on to Halifax Road A629 (signposted Manchester). Right on Falledge Lane B6115 to Upper Denby. Church is on left approaching Denby Lane.

Grid Reference: SE 226 071 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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