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Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesInteresting churchyardInterpretation of site available

Welcome to All Saints Church, Darton.

The church is a fine example of late perpendicular architecture. The present building was started in 1480 and completed about 20 years later. It is unusual for an old parish church as it has remained essentially unaltered from that date, due to there being no Georgian or Victorian restoration to the structure. It stands on the site of two earlier churches, dating from 1160.

Discover the recycled elements of these old churches as you explore, including the Norman font base and original medieval stone altar. This altar was recovered from the churchyard in the 1920s and is now incorporated into the main altar, surrounded by Laudian altar rails. The clean architectural line of the building is superbly complemented by a gilded hammer-beam roof in the nave. Most of the stained glass is Victorian (though there are some remaining fragments of the original medieval glass, notably the window depicting Mary Magdalene in the Beaumont Chapel). See magnificent carvings including poppy heads in the choir stalls, the ‘imp’, original roof bosses and four Green Men in the south chapel.

Today, the church provides a unique, reflective space at the heart of a busy former mining village. We are always glad to welcome visitors and hope you enjoy exploring this beautiful gem among South Yorkshire’s medieval churches.

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: Darton, Barnsley, S75 5NQ

Opening Times: The church is open for visitors on Saturday from Easter to the end of September from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Refreshments are served. It is open for worship at 10:30am on Sundays; 7:00pm on Tuesdays; and 9:30am on Thursdays. At other times by arrangement.

Contact: 01226 384596 or

Directions: M1 J36. At first roundabout take the 1st exit onto A61, at the 2nd roundabout take 3rd exit onto A6135. Turn left onto Hoyland Road and right onto Fearnley Road. Turn left at Wath Road, church on left.

Grid Reference: SE 310 099 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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