St James' Church, Lealholm, is one of five churches in the United Benefice of Middle Esk Moor. The other churches in the Benefice are at Egton, Grosmont, Glaisdale and Goathland. At this stage of the Covid pandemic and as we currently have no incumbent, our services, in general, are combined benefice services rotating around the benefice.
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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.
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