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St Peters is part of the united benefice of All Saits Roberttown and Ss Philip and James, Scholes.
This beautiful church commands phenomenal views across the Yorkshire countryside and with connections to the Bronte family and Robin Hood, the historic church continues to inspire all who visit.
There are parts of the Church dating back to Norman times, with a wonderful porch arch and chancel arch showing all the best qualities of the Norman style. There are many other fascinating features of the church which has been restored over several generations.
Patrick Bronte was the vicar here at the beginning of the nineteenth century and his daughter Charlotte based her novel “Shirley” on the area. Hartshead Church appears as Nunelly in the book.
The actions of the Chartists and the Luddites are very much part of the local history. Luddites were allegedly buried in the churchyard after a violent engagement.
Robin Hood, who is said to have been buried in the nearby Kirklees Abbey, has connection with the church here. Legend says that the old yew tree in the churchyard is the tree from which he made his final arrow! Some have recently suggested that his burial place is actually within the church grounds!
The Church is very popular for weddings, set in such beautiful scenery, and provides a very warm welcome to all who come to share in worship. It must be one of the warmest old churches in the area!
Highlights of the year definitely include the candlelight carol service on the Sunday before Christmas at 6.30pm and the Church Garden Party and Scarecrow Festival held in July.
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