Church of England Diocese of York Glaisdale

About Us

St. Thomas' Church, Glaisdale is one of five churches in the United Benefice of Middle Esk Moor. Glaisdale services in general alternate with St. James' church, Lealholm in the same parish. Therefore please check both service schedules. The other churches in the Benefice are at Egton, Grosmont and Goathland.

Combined services are held with the other churches at the bi-monthly Benefice Holy Communion and other special services.

The Vicar is
Rev'd Paul Jackson
The Vicarage
YO21 1UT

Deacon - Peter Higson (01947 896155)

We currently have no Churchwardens. For any parish matters, please contact the Vicar or use the 'get in touch' page on this website.

Until 1869, Lealholm and Glaisdale were part of the parish of Danby. Then the parish of Glaisdale was formed, combining Glaisdale village and dale and the villages of Lealholm and Houlsyke, and the neighbouring Great Fryupdale.

The present church dates from 1793 and was pre-dated by the 'Chappell of Glaisdale', a cruciform straw-thatched building, for which a date stone of 1585 may be seen in the side of the steps leading to the present tower. Thomas Ferries, alderman of Hull, the builder of Beggar's Bridge over the Esk at Glaisdale in 1619, left a bequest for the repair of the chapel and provision of a minister. In 1792 the old chapel was demolished and the present building erected and opened in 1793 (a date to be seen on the South wall sundial). The nave originally had galleries on three sides, but only the West gallery, housing the organ, remains. Most of the original furnishings around the altar, including the riddel posts and choir stalls, have been removed to give a more open space for worship. The church has several windows with stained glass, probably the most striking being the modern Richard Smith memorial window crafted by Alan Davis.

Glaisdale village has no other places of worship following the closure of the Methodist chapel, but the Glaisdale dale Methodist Chapel is still active.

Glaisdale is an old ironstone mining village in the heart of the North York Moors. It is a popular destination for holidaymakers and we welcome all to visit the church which is open during the daytime and to attend our services. More information can be found in leaflets in the church.

(N.B. - normal service schedules and visiting do not apply during Covid-19 pandemic. Please see 'services and events' for updates.)

Thinking of marrying here?

Contact Rev'd Paul - 01947 895833 - email [email protected]