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Amazing architectureMagnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassLink with famous people

Welcome to the parish Church of St Mary, Wombwell, a holy place where worship has been offered to God since Medieval times, and a place of intriguing history. The building is home to a number of interesting features which remind us of times and people from the past.

Wombwell is mentioned in the Doomsday Survey of 1086 as Wambella, a part of the Parish of Darfield. The population increased dramatically in the 19th century with the development of coal mines and other industries. Wombwell became a parish in 1864.

There has been a church building on this site since 1170. By the end of the 19th century the building was considered too small and in poor condition. According
to folklore, at an occasion when a party of soldiers was present, the pew on which they were sitting began to sink through the floor! Work began on the present building on 21st December 1896 with Viscount Halifax laying the foundation stone. The new nave was opened two years later. The chancel was added in 1903-04 and the tower and bells in the 1960ís.

A war memorial stands in the grounds of the church; and inside there are several other memorials relating to both World Wars. The magnificent stained glass window was given by the Mitchell family in memory of their son, 2nd Lt. Joseph Spencer Mitchell RFC, who was accidently killed while flying in France in 1916. If you look carefully when you visit you can see a plane in the window.

St Maryís is home to a cricket bat which belonged to Roy Kilner, a former choir boy and CLB member who played for Yorkshire and England. His funeral in 1928 which brought thousands of mourners to the town.

There are two stone fonts to see, along with other stonework from previous buildings. In 1938 a part of the old church was found under the floor of the organ chamber. A capital and part of a shaft and arch can be seen under a trap door. It was estimated that about nine feet of the shaft and base will be below ground near to Church Street, which was the original level of the church.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site 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 nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Church Street, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0DQ

Opening Times: Please contact: 01226 211100 to arrange a visit.

Contact: 01226 211100 or

Directions: M1 J36. Take A61 then A6195 Dearne Valley Parkway. At 5th roundabout turn left into Wombwell.

Grid Reference: SE 400 028 GB Grid


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


Wombwell St Mary


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