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Magnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInterpretation of site available

Welcome to the parish church of St Luke the Evangelist, Grimethorpe.

When it opened its doors in 1904 it was declared to be ‘a church built by miners for the miners’. As St Luke’s dominates the village of Grimethorpe, it may appear, being a large, modern building, to have little to offer in the means of interesting architecture. However it has much to offer in way of historic and community interest.

After the pit closed in 1993, the village went through a period of degeneration. This had an effect on everything, including the church, so much so that in 2001 the church council voted to demolish the building. Fortunately, this never happened.

When Father Peter Needham, the current Vicar, arrived in 2002, the church was in a bad condition – sadly neglected and in need of restoration and loving care. The vision of creating a community facility within the vast church was developed and split into three phases. Phase one of the work has seen the completion of a new doors, new windows and a new roof. The remaining work is still in progress, but small refurbishments and reordering schemes have taken place. In 2005, the Parish of Grimethorpe was enlarged to include the daughter church of St Paul in Brierley, about 1 mile away.

There are a number of unique features at St Luke’s:
A new marble altar, using the reclaimed ‘Ladystone’ as a base, has been situated in the Lady Chapel.
Two new modern stained glass windows, designed by Nathalie Liege, using a revolutionary process, have been installed in the Lady Chapel.
A new crucifix (the Grimethorpe Icon), based on the style of Giunta Pisano with a Byzantine influence, and painted by Romanian artist Christ Paslaru, hangs from the chancel arch.
The village memorials stand outside, in the church grounds. These include the War Memorial and the Miners’ Memorial.

St. Luke’s is (and always will be) a continuing Christian work in progress.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this church and would like us to include it here, please contact us


Open at specified timesKeyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsNot accessibile to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: St Lukes Road, Grimethorpe, Barnsley

Opening Times: Open for at least 30 minutes after all services. Access at other times: Visits can be arranged through the Vicarage or other keyholders. Please contact us.

Contact: 01226 717561 or

Directions: M1 J37. Take A635 towards Barnsley, then A6195 Dearne Valley Parkway following signs for Grimethorpe. Turn right into village, church on right.

Grid Reference: SE 413 090 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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