The Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust opens the church doors for the day

THESE historic churches in Yorkshire are opening their doors for the first ‘Yorkshire Churches Day’ (YCD) on Saturday 10th September.

Run by the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust (YHCT), Yorkshire Churches Day is a day when everyone is encouraged to visit their local place of worship, even if they have never set foot in a church before. It will be a day for those who are curious about the history and heritage of their local environment.

The initiative was warmly welcomed by Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York and President of the YHCT: “The Yorkshire Churches Day is a wonderful opportunity to share many churches in our county. At the heart of many of our communities is a church, there to welcome everyone, rightly as the center of the community. However you engage with our wonderful churches, remember that they are not simply places of heritage and history, but vibrant places of worship and community.”

Stephen Cotrell (Image: Photographer PAUL STARR)

Among those opening are St Chad’s on Toller Lane in Bradford, as well as Bradford Cathedral, which features an exhibition about Bradford’s famous English mathematician and astronomer, Abraham Sharp. Join them for a conversation; craft activities; and space-themed music, and explore their inflatable solar system.

If you are near Batley you can visit St Saviour, Brownhill to see the Victoria and Albert Window – a window showing the Queen with Prince Albert and the congregation designed Millennium Window.

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Also in the area and opening to visitors between 10.30am and 4.00pm is St John the Baptist at Kirkby Wharfe, Tadcaster, a magnificent 12th century Norman church with its Roman tombstone, Saxon crosses and medieval treasures. Visitors will be able to visit the bell tower, take a guided tour and see the Roman artifacts.

Churches from all corners of the region are opening their doors, including; St Savior’s High Green, Sheffield, St Patrick’s in Patrington, East Yorkshire, St John’s Birkby, near Huddersfield and Queen Street Methodist Church in Scarborough.

Details of the many other churches participating in YCD can be found at YCD is run in partnership with the Heritage Open Days initiative, and many other venues worship will be open for the duration of the festival from September 9 to 18.

Details can be found at

Martha J. Finley