Swillington: St Mary, Swillington

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The most striking EXTERNAL feature is the contrast between the dark tower and the creamy yellow of the rest of the church. The TOWER was renovated in 1883/84 the belfry stage being re-built and the tower re-faced with ashlar stone from Harehills. As time has gone by the newer stonework has darkened while the rest of the church, built with local yellow limestone, has retained its original lightness.
At each side of the SANCTUARY there is a STAINED GLASS WINDOW by Powell Brothers of Leeds erected in memory of Ven. Thomas Dealtry M.A. formerly Archdeacon of Madras and Rector of the Parish 1872-1878.
Ven. Dealtry is credited with the introduction of the custom of throwing confetti over the bride and groom at a wedding.
Apparently the practice originates in the Hindu custom of the bridegroom throwing 3 handfuls of rice over his bride & she doing the same to him, as a symbol of fertility. That custom, which later became confetti rather than rice, was introduced in Swillington by Dealtry.

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Revd. Diane Flynn
The Rectory
Wakefield Road
LS26 8DS
Tel: 0113 2864607
Email: revdianeflynn@btinternet.com

Revd. Canon Rosemarie Hayes
The Rectory
Church Lane
LS25 7HF
Tel: 0113 2862710
email: rosemariehayes@live.co.uk

Revd. Vivien Masters
The Vicarage
134 Leeds Road
Allerton Bywater
WF10 2HB
Tel: 0113 2874408
Email: masters.vivien77@gmail.com
0113 2864607 (Revd. Diane Flynn) or 0113 2862710 (Revd. Rosemarie Hayes)

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Messy Church
Every second Saturday at 3:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
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Non communion service involving children whenever possible and music group
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
Parish Communion using Common Worship
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship


This service may be Holy Communion (said) or Service of the Word depending on the availability of a minister.
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Common Worship


Messy Church
Every second Saturday at 3:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Church Open 1st and 2nd Saturdays 9.30am to 11.30amEvery Wednesday 9.30am to 11.00am
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Incumbent: The Revd Canon Rosemarie Eveline HAYES
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 3301
Built: 1360
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Bishop of Ripon and Leeds
Archdeaconry: LEEDS (463)
Deanery: WHITKIRK (46304)
Parish Legal Name: Swillington (460422 )
CofE Church Info: (646572 30/284)
Short URL: acny.uk/3301/
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The current editor is: Neville Wheeler

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This page was last updated on Thursday 17th November 2016
Swillington: St Mary : Wakefield Road, Swillington, West Yorkshire, LS26 8DS - On the corner of Wakefield Road (A642) and Church Lane.

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