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Welcome to the church of St Paul the Apostle, Brierley.

The church was built in 1869 as a chapel of ease to the medieval church of St Peterís in Felkirk, for the benefit of the growing population of Brierley and Grimethorpe. St Paulís school was also built next to the church.

The church was built in the gothic-revival style and has been little altered over the years. It is Grade II listed and situated within a conservation area.

It has a number of 19th century stained glass windows on the south side, a small rose stained glass window in the west wall of the tower and large stained glass window in the east wall, above the high altar.

The church suffered from a long period of neglect and was moved into the Parish of Grimethorpe with Brierley in 2005. Since then, the church has been transformed from a state of severe degradation to one of ongoing improvement and renovation.

A small re-ordering scheme completed in 2006 included a levelling of the floor inside the church and fully re-carpeting. The chancel ceiling is decorated in the Arts and Craft style, consisting of oil painted images on canvas panels. The ceiling was restored in 2009. The tower and spire were restored in 2009 and the church has a functioning tower clock for the first time in over 50 years. A level access ramp was installed at the front door in 2009. St Paulís is (and always will be) a continuing Christian work in progress.

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


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

Address: Church Street, Brierley, Barnsley, S72 9JE

Opening Times: Open for at least 30 minutes after all services. Access at other times: visits can be arranged through the Vicarage or other key holders. Please contact us.

Contact: 01226 717561 or

Directions: M1 J36. A61 to Barnsley. In Worsbrough right onto B6100 West Street to Stairfoot Roundabout. Take 2nd exit A633 to Monk Bretton. At roundabout right onto A628, follow through Cudworth. In Brierley turn right onto Cliff Lane, then left onto Church Street.

Grid Reference: SE 410 110 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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