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Magnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInteresting churchyard

St Mary’s Church stands on the site of much older places of worship. The first documented place of worship here was established by Sir Robert de Rockley in 1412. This was a private chantry chapel.

Throughout the 18th century, the chapel was extended with the addition of a gallery, rood loft and bells. This chapel was in such a bad state of repair by 1790 that it was demolished and replaced with a new church in 1791. It was again replaced in 1872 and built in stages, completed in 1879. The foundation stone was laid by the then Lord of the Manor, Rimington Wilson. He also donated the stained glass windows for the east and south walls.

The lychgate was erected in 1897 to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria and a war memorial nearby was added in 1921 to commemorate the people of the parish who were killed in conflicts of the 20th century. The graveyard also contains two large rectangular stones of unknown origin, these are known as the Bolster Stones.

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: Bolsterstone, Sheffield, S36 3ZB

Opening Times: Usually open 9am – 6pm. To arrange a group visit please contact 0114 2882149.

Contact: 0114 2882149 or

Directions: M1 J36. Take A61 then A616 Stocksbridge Bypass towards Manchester. Turn right onto A6102 Wortley Road to Stocksbridge.Turn right onto manchester Road then 1st left onto Carr Road into Bolstarstone.

Grid Reference: SK 270 968 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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