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Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesSpectacular stained glass

The old town of Royston is centred on the church of St John the Baptist and a series of almost parallel trees running up towards the Warren. This gem of a church is light and airy, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Royston can trace its history back at least two millennia. In Roman times it was the crossing place for two great roads, Icknield Way and Ermine Street. The line of these roads can frequently still be seen in today's road pattern.

There is evidence that the church was originally built by the monks of Monk Bretton Priory, and consecrated in 1234. Most of the present building is 15th century.

There are many things to see, including a beautiful churchyard with clipped yew trees and a lych gate. The nave roof has very fine carved roof bosses, including some green-men, and ancient carved screens. There are some very fine monuments and the shaft of a Saxon preaching cross.

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 transportToilets at site or nearby

Address: Church Street, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4QZ

Opening Times: Open dawn-dusk everyday.

Contact: 01226 722410

Directions: M1 J38. Turn left onto the A637. Cross the motorway and turn left onto B6131. At the crossroads turn left and the cross straight over A61 onto Lee Lane. Follow into Royston, cross over crossroads, church on left.

Grid Reference: SE 364 112 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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