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Magnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInterpretation of site available

St Mary’s has in itself a short history, compared with other churches in the area. However, the search for a place to worship by the people of Stainforth goes back to the 14th century.
There was a small medieval chapel in the village which fell to ruin after the Reformation. Later it was replaced but the exact location is not known. In 1819 St Matthew’s Church was opened on Field Lane. In 1885, the parish of Stainforth was finally independent of Hatfield and St Matthews became a parish church. The area underwent a prominent change with the opening of the colliery. The population grew and a larger church was needed.
A larger church was needed and so, after years of effort and planning, the newly built Parish Church of St Mary was opened, almost directly opposite its predecessor, on 17th March 1934. The land was given by the Revd Thomas Kilham Kilham, whose ancestors had been farmers in the village for at least 350 years.
Inside see stained glass, memorials and our miners’ memorial sculpture which was commissioned for the 70th anniversary year of the 1939 cage crash at Hatfield Main Colliery.

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: Field Road, Stainforth, Doncaster, DN7 5AQ

Opening Times: The key is available from the Field Road Doctors Surgery, across the road from the church.

Contact: 07960 004292 or

Directions: M18 J5. Follow signs to Hatfield along A18. Turn right at Ingram Arms Pub and then bear left onto Station Road. Follow into Stainforth. In Stainforth and follow one way system around to church.

Grid Reference: SE 642 119 GB Grid


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