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Church, free entry

Thurlstone St Saviour

Thurlstone St Saviour


Sarah Arthur

0845 652 9634

0777 987 5642


Manchester Road,
S36 9QS


Please accept a warm invitation to visit our Grade 2 listed church which serves the small Pennine villages of Thurlstone and Millhouse Green. It is situated between the two villages on the A628 to the west of Penistone.

The church was consecrated in 1905 and built to the design of Hodgson Fowler of Durham. It was largely funded by the generosity of two local sisters, Mary and Hannah Bray, who died in 1895 & 1897. The land was given by Hugh Tomasson of Plumpton House, owner of the woollen mill across the road until its closure in 1931. Interestingly, money for the church bell and oak bell turret was given by James Durrans, whose family took over Tomasson's mill in 1935 - converting it to blacking manufacture, which still continues. Sir Walter Spencer Stanhope KCB of Cannon Hall, Cawthorne laid the Foundation Stone on 4th November 1904.

The beauty of the interior is a tribute to the skill and dedication of local craftsmen. The woodwork and fittings, including the font, designed by Hodgson Fowler, were made from English oak by the local joinery firm of Hawley, whose saw mill at Green Road, Penistone only recently ceased trading. The wagon roof to the chancel is especially impressive.

The carved wooden screen behind the altar (reredos) depicts aspects of the Crucifixion. It is not only interesting, and of excellent workmanship, but particularly significant having been carved by a woman - Clara Nokes was sister-in-law to the first Vicar.

Probably our most treasured possession is a beautiful altar frontal worked in gold thread and presented by the Spencer Stanhope family of Cawthorne. This work was done at Cannon Hall under the supervision of Lady Spencer Stanhope and a predecessor of a present church member was involved in the stitching of this superb piece. A further testimony to the skills of local people, this valuable and unique item may be viewed on request.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

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Free entry

May charge for some activities and events.


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Map reference: SE 229034  Lat: 53.52675 Long: -1.65602

M1 J37. Follow A628 to Manchester through Thurlstone village. Church set back on right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Penistone station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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