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Welcome to the ancient parish church of St Mary Magdalene, Campsall. We are very pleased you welcome you to visit our beautiful church and are sure that you will find the building and fittings of great interest.

The church building occupies a dominant site in the village. The church was founded by Ilbert de Laci of Pontefract in the early 12th century and built in a cruciform pattern. Since then the building was extended in the 15th century when the two side aisles were added, together with the south porch. It is unknown when the tower was added, but an uncommon feature is the room in the tower. It is thought that it was used as living quarters by itinerant clergy. The room has a large fire-place, so it could have been kept warm, but it would be a hard job carrying up fuel up those narrow winding steps.

There are several items of interest in the church including ancient grave stones, one of which has always been called ‘The Founder’s Tomb’. The altar in the Lady’s Chapel was designed by Pugin and was brought to Campsall from a disused chapel in Ackworth. It is very beautiful with angels bearing shields upon which are displayed the instruments of Christ's Passion. There is also a very fine 14th century rood screen, thought to have come from Wallingwells Abbey.

There is an extremely fine plaque in the Chancel, made by the famous sculptor Flaxman RA. It was requisitioned by a local land owner and depicts the distribution of relief to the poor. We were recently told that a blind man was taken from the streets of London to be a model for the plaque, and a man on the plaque does appear to be blind.

A visit to Campsall is well worth while, and we look forward to seeing you.

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 transportRefreshments at site or nearby

Address: High Street, Campsall, Doncaster, DN6 9AG

Opening Times: Please contact us to arrange a visit.

Contact: 01302 701488 or

Directions: A1. Take A639 exit towards Pontefract. Slight right at Woodfield Road. At t-junction turn left onto Sutton Road and then right onto High Street. Church on right.

Grid Reference: SE 544 140 GB Grid


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


Campsall St Mary Magdelene


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