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WORTLEY ST LEONARD

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Wortley is a small village between Sheffield and Huddersfield, and the imposing parish church in the centre of the village serves what is essentially a rural community. The parish covers about 35 square miles and includes several small hamlets.

There are records indicating that there was a chapel in Wortley in the reign of Henry III (1216-1272). There is evidence showing the definite existence of a church in 1318, but the church in its present form seems to date from around 1753 with further alterations made in the Victorian period. They included a new tower, a pulpit (made from the oak timbers from the old tower) and a vault inside the church where the Earl of Wharncliffe and his daughter were buried. There are many monuments in the church to members of the Wharncliffe/Wortley family who continue to this day to be patrons of the church.

There are a number of items of interest in the church. Some interesting memorials include one to Margaret Mackenzie wife of the Honorable James Stuart Mackenzie. This shows a seated figure - a fine example of the work of John Flaxman RA(1755-1826).

The doors of the church were made and fitted by Robert Thompson of Kilburn near York, popularly known as ‘the Mouse Man’. The pulpit made from timber recovered from the alterations to the tower when the bells were installed paid for by Sydney Greenwood, curate 1877-1897. There are eight bells, said by some to be the sweetest peals in South Yorkshire. They were installed in 1893 and made by John Warner and Sons of London.

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VISITING ST LEONARD

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Address: Wortley Village, Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DR

Opening Times: Please contact us to arrange a visit.

Contact: 0114 2885845 or mthomas.uk@btinternet.com

Directions: M1 J36. Take A61 towards Sheffield. At roundabout take 3rd exit onto A616. Take junction onto A629 to Wortley. Once in village church on left.

Grid Reference: SK 307 994 GB Grid

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