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Welcome to our ancient church in its secluded setting, surrounded by tall trees and birdsong.

A church has stood on this site since pre-Saxon times. There was a Roman settlement at Burghwallis and when Constantine was proclaimed Emperor of Rome in 306 at York, his mother Helena travelling back to Rome is reputed to have stayed in the area and this early church was dedicated to her.

The present church has maintained the basic plan without the addition of aisle or chapel. There is a large amount of herringbone masonry on both sides of the nave and on the south wall of the chancel. Many of the stained glass windows and the alabastor reredos are dedicated to the memory of the family of Revd FW Peel, Rector from 1856. This family have links to Robert peel, founder of the police force.

We have an ancient mulberry tree in the churchyard and an interesting grave of a French Priest who came over during the French Revolution bringing a young Prince Louise de Conde to take refuge in Burghwallis Hall.

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: Grange Lane, Bughwallis, DN6 9JL

Opening Times: Key available from the chuerchwardens or by appointment.

Contact: 01302 702779 or 01302 721182

Directions: A1(M) J38. Take A638 towards Doncaster. Follow signs for Adwick, Skellow, Carcroft then Burghwallis.

Grid Reference: SE 536 119 GB Grid


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


Burghwallis St Helen


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