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Church, free entry

Wadworth St John the Baptist

Wadworth St John the Baptist


Sarah Arthur

0845 652 9634

0777 987 5642


Church Road,
DN11 9BG


The church sits on a commanding hill and is visible from a considerable distance. The floodlit tower reminds one of the Lights of Christ, shining in the dark.

Many travellers have found sanctuary in this church over the centuries. It has an almost Monastic feel with its prayer soaked walls. Why not come and join in the many generations of people who have prayed in this church?

We do not know when a church was first established on this site but it is safe to assume that the main body of the church was built during the 12th century. There are pillars and windows from the Norman period. Until 1232 the church was under the patronage of York Cathedral, which endowed a Vicarage and 6 acres of land. During the next 300 years the aisles and chapel were added. Extensive restoration work was carried out in 1829.

The tower dates from the 15th century and there are traces of two chambers which were once attached to the upper parts of the north and south sides. There are four bells in the top chamber.

The Fitzwilliam family have two internal tombs from the 15th century. One is a knight from the battle of Agincourt. Other medieval tomb stones include a double semi-effigial figure and one of a huntsman. The vestry door and parish chest are also from the 15th century. The ceiling has some carved boses.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Please bear in mind that heritage faith sites are all working buildings and may be closed on some days for special occasions. Please contact HERITAGE INSPIRED for latest opening times of our partner sites.


Free entry

May charge for some activities and events.


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Map reference: SK 568970  Lat: 53.46667 Long: -1.14585

A1(M) J36. Take A630 to Rotherham. Turn left onto B6367 to Edlington. After Old Edlington turn left onto Cockhill Lane and cross motorway. Turn left onto Long Gate into Wadworth.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Doncaster station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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