Explore the countryside of north Doncaster and you will discover the village of Kirk Bramwith. Set alongside the River Dun navigation floodplain the tiny church of St Mary is a lovely place to visit.
Kirk Bramwith is described in the Doomsday Book. After the Norman Conquest the estates became part Duchy of Lancaster. Although likely to be on the site of an earlier church St Mary's was started in 1120. It remains an original Norman church. The tower was constructed in the late 13th/early 14th century. Its single bell was made in York in 1350 and is believed to be the oldest bell in the Diocese of Sheffield.
The main doorway is Norman and the original font is believed to be Saxon. The church has several fine stained glass windows, one dedicated to George III and Queen Anne and installed in gratitude for the victories in North Africa during the 1939-45 world war.
The church is well worth a visit to see the furniture, most of which was made by the internationally famous craftsman Robert Thompson of Kilburn, North Yorkshire. His work includes the pulpit, lectern, hymn boards, main door and all the pews. His trademark mouse can be found around the church, and visitors are invited to search for all twenty-seven.
St Mary's Church is famed for its Snowdrop Festival held each year in the middle of February. The churchyard is covered by a blanket of snowdrops.
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Address: Kirk Bramwith, DN7 5SW
Opening Times: The church is open on request by the vergers who live in the cottage adjoining the church or by arrangement through the Rector.
Contact: 01302 846693 or 01302 841396
Directions: M18 J6. A614 and take the 1st left. Follow through Stainforth. Follow signs to Kirk Bramwith.
Grid Reference: SE 619 117 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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