Holy Trinity Church, Wensley, North Yorkshire

Address: Low Lane, Wensley, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4HX
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Intriguing glimpses of history in a beautiful parish church

Built on 8th-century Saxon foundations, this 13th-century church sits on the bank of the river Ure at the eastern end of picturesque Wensleydale.

Inside, its rich history is all around, with good examples of Medieval wallpaintings, fine Flemish brasses and a 15th-century reliquary, which is claimed to have once held the relics of St Agatha.

Sit and marvel at the sumptuous richness of the Scrope family pew (who were local landowners) and imagine life as the Lord or Lady of nearby Bolton Castle.

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Road directions

2 miles south of Leyburn, on A684

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Northallerton (17 miles). Bus route numbers 59/156/157/856.

OS Reference No.

SE 092 895

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconYorkshire County Guide (PDF, 5.2mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in North, South & West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Michele (06 Apr 2011, 22:20)

    A stunner of a church. Interesting, graceful interior and fabulous setting

  2. Dilys Walkley (26 Oct 2012, 03:38)

    A lovely church. Can you help me find my Great grandfathers grave. James Joseph AVES Died aged 89 at Ellingstring. I have a certificate but no buriel site given. Please help D. Walkley . Australia.

  3. Sheila Courtney (11 Jun 2013, 10:27)

    I was born in Wensley Village, christened and married in Wensley Church.
    As a child growing up I attended Church services and Sunday iSchool in this beautiful church. My name was Stephenson at that time.
    I was also in the Church choir, often singing solo in the such wonderful aoustics of the Church.
    I remember well the current Lord Bolton carrying out his duy each Sunday taking the collection. I was dismayed to hear test the Church was no longer being used as a place of Worship. So pleased that it is under the National Heritage control. It is such an old but beautiful church. I am now living in Australia and have been for the past 30yrs but will never forget my roots. Wensley village holds a special place in my heart.

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Holy Trinity Church, Wensley, North Yorkshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There is an uneven flagged parthway to the church and a wheelchair ramp into the church. Level floor in main part of the church. Limited access to underground vault. Good natural light.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.