Church of England Diocese of York Glaisdale

About Us

St. James' Church, Lealholm is one of five churches in the United Benefice of Middle Esk Moor. Lealholm is in the parish of Glaisdale, and services in general alternate with St. Thomas' church, Glaisdale. 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. Initially, Anglicans were expected to worship at Glaisdale, but at the end of the nineteenth century, services were held at Lealholm School.

Sir Francis Ley then became the chief benefactor of a proposed church, to be built on land given by Viscount Downe in 1881. The foundation stone was laid in 1901 and the building completed and church consecrated by the Archbishop of York in 1902.

Lealholm also has a Roman Catholic church and a Methodist chapel.

Lealholm is a picturesque 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]