Church of England Diocese of Leeds Whitley Lower

About Us

We can now have services again with social distancing, face covering when walking about and sanitising. We are also now going to be singing hymns again! Let's all be careful to keep this horrible covid at bay. You are welcome to join us and we all keep to social distancing.

A quote from a former Archdeacon on a visit to Whitley Lower

“A Cathedral in the Hills” dedicated to St Mary and St Michael and situated in the delightful village of Whitley.

It is part of the United Benefice of Thornhill and Whitley.


The Church stands proud in the rural village of Whitley Lower which is set around the two villages of Briestfield and Whitley bordering the larger parish of Thornhill within the Benefice. The Church was built in 1846 by the Wheatley family who had mills in nearby Lower Hopton where many Whitley people worked