Holy Cross, Swainby

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The Parish of Whorlton can be traced back to the 12th Century at least, as the ruins of the old Norman Church [see Holy Cross Old Church] on the site of the original village of Whorlton contain evidence of several earlier buildings. By the middle of the 19th Century, that church had fallen into disrepair and - because by that time it was considered to be situated too far from the community it served - it was decided to build a new Church in Swainby.

This Church was consecrated on 4th October 1877, the dedication of the old church being transferred to the new and it became the Parish Church of the Parish of Whorlton.

The land for the church was given by the Lord of the Manor, the Marquis of Ailesbury, and finance raised with generous donations from the Marquis. T.H.Wyatt of London was commissioned to design the building which was to be in the Early English style and constructed of locally quarried stone.

The church is noted for the impressive Hanging Rood designed by Mr. Temple Moore and carved by the famous woodcarver Herr Otto Zwink of Oberammergau, as a result of a visit by the Revd.A.P.B.Barker to the famous passion play. The Rood is dedicated to the Revd.A.H.Cumming who was Vicar when the church was built.

The Lady Chapel is in memory of the Revd.A.P.B.Barker, Vicar from 1917 to 1950.

The windows contain much Victorian glass, with those in the East and South of the Chancel being the work of Charles Edward Kempe.

The six bells were cast by John Warner & Sons of London in 1877 with the smallest being re-cast at that time and thought to have come from the tower of Holy Cross Old Church, Whorlton. The clock was given in 1890.

We look forward to welcoming visitors and parish residents, whatever their age, to our services in Holy Cross and the other churches of the Benefice.

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Mandy Fionda
Swainby Church Hall
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Holy Communion
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Every third and fourth Sunday at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Benefice Cafe Church - in Swainby Church Hall
An informal event to suit the whole family. Something for all ages together in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be coffee, tea and juice with muffins to eat available throughout; things for children to do; music and pictures and points for discussion.
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Refreshments
Cafe Church in Church Hall
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship
Morning Prayer
Every second Sunday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly
Evening Prayer - in St Mary's Church, Potto
Book of Common Prayer (with hymns)
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer


Holy Communion - in Swainby Church Hall
with extended prayer time
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Church Open Daily from 9:30 until 4:30
Hall for Hire Our Church Hall was opened in November 2010. For facilities & booking arrangements use the link to **SWAINBY CHURCH HALL** on the right of this page under Pages & Links.
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Honorary curate: The Revd Alison Joyce HUTCHINSON
Incumbent: The Revd Linda Mary SHIPP
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 19356
Built: 1877
Architect: T.H.Wyatt of London
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Mrs Pauline Kynge
Archdeaconry: CLEVELAND (433)
Deanery: STOKESLEY (43306)
Benefice: Whorlton w Carlton and Faceby (43/402BX)
Parish Legal Name: Whorlton (430577 )
CofE Church Info: (643577 43/577)
Short URL: acny.uk/19356/
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The current editor is: Mandy Fionda

This page was last updated on Monday 23rd October 2017
Holy Cross : Church Lane, Swainby, North Yorkshire, DL6 3EA


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