Friends of St. Mary's Community Heritage Site Mirfield


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There are several projects being undertaken by our members, all with the same focus of preserving and enhancing the heritage found at St  Mary's Church.

Our Projects

Ground Tidy Day.

Saturday, 7th Sept. 2013

All welcome

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Heritage Open Weekend.

Friday 13th Sept to Sunday 15th Sept.

Lots to do and see.

Wide Variety

Lots of heritage items to see including:

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old church tower


Book of Homilies

Celtic Cross

Old church stone pillar

Next to the modern church and within the church  grounds is the 11th century 'Castle Hall Hill' motte  and bailey which is a scheduled ancient  monument. The remains of the motte and bailey  consist of a well preserved 10 metre high mound.   At this time the monument is classified by English  Heritage as 'at risk'. This is mainly due to the  mound being overgrown with vegetation such as  self-seeded trees.

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Several metres of the listed church boundary wall which is alongside Dunbottle Lane, collapsed a number of years ago. Stone from the wall fell into the ditch surrounding the mound. A temporary metal fence was erected and has remained in place since the collapse of the wall.

Mirfield is fortunate to have at its heart a site rich in history and heritage. St Mary's Church is a Grade ll* listed building. It was designed by the celebrated Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811 - 1878). Adjacent to the modern church is the old parish church (believed to be earlier than 13th century). However, only the tower of the old parish church remains standing.

There are many artifacts in the church which can be seen on the Heritage page.

Collapsed Wall

old church stone

St Mary's Church