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Come and explore our church that is a ‘noble edifice in the early English style of Gothic architecture’. The view from the church is beautiful, over Worsbrough reservoir to Wortley, Stainborough Park and Worsbrough Park.

Internally, simplicity is the key. There are open pews of stained wood, no closed seats. The pulpit is of finely sculpted Caen stone and the choir stalls are delicately carved. The font is also of Caen stone and is a replacement for the original which cracked in 1879. That was made of cut and polished coal presented by local colliers. The dividing wall between the chancel and the vestry has been recently added to and carefully decorated to match the existing colour and pattern. There are beautiful encaustic tiles on the chancel floor.

The stained-glass windows are fine Victorian examples. The east window has five lights of rich and brilliant colours. Its early geometric characters depict the ‘Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Blessed Saviour’, the ‘Raising of Lazarus’, the ‘Resurrection of the Saints’, the ‘Brazen Serpent’ and the ‘Offering of Isaac’. The west window depicts the life of St Thomas. There are some fine Kempe windows in the south aisle.

The churchyard is very interesting. There are some fine tombstones and graves where local benefactors and worthies are buried. Directly opposite the church entrance is a memorial to a local disaster at Swaithe Main Pit. In December 1875, 143 people including children were killed in an explosion. Other graves bear testimony to tragic deaths including high numbers of infant deaths.

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 transportToilets at site or nearby

Address: Bank End Road, Worsbrough Dale, Barnsley, S70 4QQ

Opening Times: For group/school visits please contact us.

Contact: 01226 286505 or 01226 281499 or

Directions: M1 J36. Cross the motorway and turn left at the roundabout onto A61 towards Barnsley/Birdwell. In Worsbrough turn right onto Bank End Road. Church on left.

Grid Reference: SE 357 043 GB Grid


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


Worsbrough St Thomas


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