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Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesMagnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInterpretation of site available

Sprotbrough is a Domesday Book village. There is no mention of a church but there can be little doubt that there was a place of worship here then. There is a Saxon inscribed stone built into the chancel outer wall which may be a fragment of a Saxon cross.

The original church was almost certainly small with just a nave and chancel. The present church is late Norman and is thought to be built around 1170. In 1516, the roof was replaced and clerestory windows added. The original roof line is still visible.

There are many wonderful things to see inside the church, the Royal Coat of Arms dates from 1714, the chancel screen is rare and ancient with several misericords. Some pew ends were from the old box pews and their fine carvings are thought to be of 16th century origin. There is a superb floor brass commemorating Sir William Fitzwilliam (who died in 1474) and his wife. A very rare stone ‘sanctuary’ seat which gave respite to fugitives.

Several fine effigy memorials can be seen in church, some dating from the 14th century. Other things to see include 13th century sedilia and piscina, medieval grave slabs and striking stained glass.

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


Open dawn to dusk every dayTours for groups and schoolsGenerally accessible to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Main Street, Sprotborough, DN5 7RJ

Opening Times: Please ring to arrange a group visit.

Contact: 01302 853031

Directions: A1M J36. Take A630 and turn right at Warmsworth traffic lights. Follow road into Sprotbrough.

Grid Reference: SE 537 020 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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