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Emmanuel Church has been the parish church serving the village of Shelley since 1868. We would like to offer you a warm welcome to this place of worship, which is the centre of many community activities as well as the place where local people gather to worship every week and come to mark the major events in their lives.

Before 1868 local people had to walk to Kirkburton to go to church. The then Vicar of Kirkburton, Revd Collins, was keen that everyone should have a centre of worship in their own village. Much hard work was done to raise the money, including hundreds of letters written by Mrs Collins, and the Earl of Dartmouth gave the land. There was a great celebration in 1868 when the villagers finally had their own church.

There are several windows of interest including the east window over the altar, showing scenes from the life of Christ, a Memorial Window on the north wall to a young RAF officer killed in the Second World War, and windows in memory of a local doctor and a churchwarden in the south aisle. The south aisle has recently been opened up to make more space for community activities. We think our beautiful church has a homely and welcoming atmosphere and hope that you will agree.

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: Huddersfield Road, Shelley, HD8 8LH

Opening Times: Please contact 01484 862350 to arrange a visit.

Contact: 01484 862350 or

Directions: M1 J39. Follow A636 to Denby Dale. On reaching Skelmanthorpe turn right on to B6116 signposted Pennine Garden Centre and Kirkburton. Church is 2 miles down on the right.

Grid Reference: SE 214 111 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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