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Our beautiful church is known as Barnsley’s “hidden gem” (as described by John Betjeman). The church was designed in the Gothic Revival style by Temple Moore, architect, and was completed in 1911, although Christians have worshipped on the site since 1872. The church was built as part of the Catholic Revival of Victorian England and to this day the church continues to follow the catholic tradition. The money to build the church was raised by miners’ families donating pennies each week and it is built to match the surrounding terraced streets. But step inside and the beautiful interior will delight you; there are uninterrupted views to the high altar from all parts of the nave with arches of different widths along the side aisles.

Come along and find the mice carved on the high altar which was made on commission by Robert Thompson, also known as the ‘Mouseman of Kilburn’. Look at our stained glass windows and, if you are fit enough, lay down in the centre aisle and look up at the roof bosses (a popular activity for our young church goers!).

Visit our two side chapels and see the fine examples of Temple Moore’s work, especially in the Lady Chapel, which has been described as the most beautiful Lady Chapel in the Wakefield Diocese, high praise indeed.

Outside the church, take time to look at our statue of St Peter the fisherman, which local artist Steve West was commissioned to produce as part of the centenary celebrations of the church.

We look forward to meeting you and showing you our lovely church.

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

Address: Doncaster Road, Barnsley, S70 1JD

Opening Times: The notice board outside gives details of weekly services and opening times. Please ring the church secretary for further information.

Contact: Church Secretary 01226 297260 or

Directions: M1 J37. Follow A628 to Barnsley. Follow dual carriageway and at 3rd roundabout take the third exit (A61). Turn left into Taylor Row (A635) and follow round to right. Church on right.

Grid Reference: SE 349 058 GB Grid


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


Barnsley St Peter the Apostle


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