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The Parish Church of All Saints’ stands at the centre of this picturesque South Yorkshire village, and we are always glad to welcome visitors as well as special interest groups and organisations.

The earliest reference to a church in Cawthorne can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. The current church is the third to stand on this site.

The present church was begun in the early 17th century, although it retains features from the earlier buildings. The north aisle arcade is 13th century, and the tower is 15th century. The north wall contains a late Anglo-Saxon cross head.

All Saints underwent extensive restoration in 1875, led by GF Bodley ARA. All the woodwork, including the waggon-headed roof and the pulpit carved in Florence (which features beautiful pre-Raphaelite panels), is from this time and was created to Bodley’s design. He also installed the lovely marble reredos and a notable tracker-action organ still in its original condition. There is a lovely carved black oak screen, bearing the sacred emblems of the Passion.

To the west of the village is the imposing Cannon Hall, now a museum. The church contains memorials to the Spencer-Stanhopes of Cannon Hall. The bowl of the 15th century octagonal font was rediscovered in the grounds of the hall in the late 1800’s. The square font in the south aisle is 10th century.

There are some lovely stained glass windows, again dedicated to the Spencer-Stanhopes. In the churchyard are notable carved Saxon crosses as well as the mausoleum of the Spencer-Stanhopes.

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 nearbyRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Church Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4HQ

Opening Times: Open Sunday 8:30am - 11:45am & 6:00pm - 7:30pm. Open Wednesday 8:30am - 9:30am. Open Thursday 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Contact: 01226 792804 or

Directions: M1 J37. Follow brown signs for Cannon Hall Museum, through Silkstone. When you reach the A635 (Lane Head Road) go straight across into Cawthorne. Turn left onto Darton Road, church is on left.

Grid Reference: SE 285 079 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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