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Denomination: Church of England

St Mary the Virgin, Thornton-in-Craven, may (according to older church records) have been once dedicated to St Oswald, martyr and first Christian king of the English; this parish once included Earby and Kelbrook.

It is likely, in view of the age of the village, that there was a Saxon church here, well before the Norman invasion, but no physical evidence remains. The first recorded resident priest was William de Byrley in 1280; the building, therefore, dates back at least to the reign of Henry III, but most probably a good deal further.

It was rebuilt some 200 years later during the reign of Henry VI; this is confirmed by a much eroded inscription over the east window, ‘When this church and the quire were builded Thomas Lord Ros was patron. Upon his soul God have mercy and benignity. Amen.’

As the inscription on its south face indicates, the well-proportioned tower was built in 1510 by a James Carr, with parishioners contributing their labour. It still holds two of the original bells, one inscribed in Latin ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee’, the other ‘St Anthony’s bell’. Further work was carried out on the bells in 1617 and again in 1743 during Mr Richardson’s time, and finally two more bells were added to the existing four in 1998.




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09.15 Every Sunday

10.00 Every Tuesday

The Sunday service is a modern Sung Mass, with a certain Anglo-Catholic solemnity softened by country ways.

There is a regular said Mass on Tuesday mornings at 10.00, and during the summer a Mass and the Service of Sprinkling on many Saturdays.


Church Road Thornton-in-Craven North Yorkshire United Kingdom BD23 3TS

  • Canon Nicholas Turner ssc

    Rector
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