Although the beautiful church we see today dates from the early 13th century, a structure is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and it’s thought that a church has proudly stood on this ground since the Saxon period. The land belongs to the church at the aptly named Kirkland, which later became a monastic estate when the church was given to Mary’s Abbey in York.

A fragment of an Anglican cross housed in the 14th century Parr chapel dates from around AD 850, and tapestries, stained glass windows and an exquisite font all make this church a wondrous place to visit.

This five-aisled church (said to be the third widest in the UK) is now one of the ‘Great Churches’. As if that wasn’t unusual enough, each aisle has its own history and unique character. To find out more about our beautiful church, visit