All Saints, Silkstone

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Our church, the 'Minster of the Moors' since the 12th century, is a beautiful, peaceful, ancient, stately church situated on a knoll within a large and well kept churchyard, and is well worth discovery.

The building is a monastic foundation and has been a Christian place of worship for well over 1000 years. A Saxon Church was in existence prior to the Conquest founded by the Saxon Lord Ailric who owned many of the surrounding villages and townships. His son Swein gave the church to the monks at Pontefract. The current Grade I listed building is 14th century, but has been altered and reshaped over time.

The church has an 80ft tower, which originally stood over the chancel but was moved to the west end in 1495. It holds 6 bells; the oldest is nearly 500 years old and the youngest is nearly 290 years old. Look out for striking flying buttresses, battlemented parapets and pinnacles. There are many original gargoyles still in good condition, and three new sculptured figures. There are also many interesting tombstones, ledger tombs and table tombs.

One the edge of the churchyard is the Huskar Monument erected to commemorate the drowning of 26 children in the Huskar Pit Disaster in 1838.

There is much to see in this wonderful church including an intricately carved 14th century rood screen, green men, Victorian box pews, beautiful stained glass (including the modern Huskar Memorial window), and a wonderful Royal Coat of Arms, carved on both sides with a lion and unicornreverse.

The church is home to some fine memorials, including one of the finest examples of a knight in armour from 1675 - Sir Thomas Wentworth with his Grace his wife. She is set on a higher level than he because after his death she married the Earl of Eglinton and became a countess.

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The Rev Maureen Browell
The Vicarage
12 High Street
S75 4JN
(01226) 492294 (Vicar)

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Sung Eucharist
The main Parish service, Holy Communion with hymns and sermon. Everyone welcome. Tea and coffe is served after the service
Every first and third Sunday at 9:15 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments
Benefice Joint Service
Venue for this service is rotated between the four churches within the Benefice. See Diary for location.
Every fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly
Sung Eucharist
The morning Parish service for this week of the month
Every second and fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Messy Church
All ages welcome to join us as we tell the christian story though crafts, cakes, biscuits, singing, reding and storytelling. Suitable for the very young to the young at heart.
Term Time only
Every fourth Sunday at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Sung Evensong
Every first and third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly


Heritage Silkstone
An opportunity to look at documents and images showing the history of the Church and the area. For more information go to
Times may be restricted due to funerals.
Every first second third and fourth Tuesday at 10:00 AM
All Day Event


Coffee Morning
A social event for all members of the public, A chat, coffe and sometimes cake.
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
Heritage Silkstone
An opportunity to look at documents and images showing the history of the Church and the area. For more information go to
Times may be restricted due to funerals.
Every first second third and fourth Wednesday at 10:00 AM
All Day Event


Thursday Eucharist
Takes place in the Huskar Room at Silkstone Common Methodist Church
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18098
Archdeaconry: PONTEFRACT (464)
Deanery: BARNSLEY (46401)
Benefice: West Barnsley (46/312B)
Parish Legal Name: Silkstone with Stainborough (460388 )
CofE Church Info: (646535 40/152)
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This page was last updated on Saturday 1st April 2017
All Saints : High Street, Silkstone, South Yorkshire, S75 4JQ - Centre of the Village, adjacent to Pot House Hamlet

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