St Michael's Church, Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire

Address: Oak Road, Cowthorpe, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 5EZ
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A Medieval church with beautiful heraldic glass

St Michael’s is an impressive, imposing-looking church. It was built by eminent lawyer Bryan Roucliff in 1458 and is full of treasures bestowed by the Roucliff family.

Its military looking tower recalls those belligerent times. In the chancel is an elaborate Easter Sepulchre - a canopied wooden chest that played an important role in Easter worship in Medieval parish churches.

A monumental brass in the chancel has effigies of a man and woman, believed to be Roucliff and his wife.

Soft light streams through the church’s fine leaded windows enhancing the stone interior.

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Road directions

3 miles north of Wetherby and east of A1. Take B1223 from Wetherby towards York. Turn left at Bickerton crossroads. Turn left at next crossroads. Cowthorpe is signposted 1 mile. In village take first right turn

Public transport information

Nearest railway stations: Cattal (2.4 miles) or Harrogate (8 miles).

OS Reference No.

SE 427 427

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

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 and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Lynda May (24 Aug 2012, 15:29)

    Beautiful. Stunning. My earliest ancestors (Thackray) can be traced to Cowthorpe in the 1600’s, so being able to see the place they lived and the church they worshiped in was a very memorable occasion.

  2. J Hoare (08 Dec 2012, 16:52)

    This is a fascinating church, worth diverting from the A1 to visit. The only disappointment is that the extraordinary wooden Easter Sepulchre is so difficult to see, tucked away behing the font. Please could you move it to its proper place on the north side of the chancel?

  3. Judith (09 Feb 2014, 21:25)

    A beautiful church.I can trace my ancestors back to around 1700 in Cowthorpe,the Turner and Parker families.

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St Michael's Church, Cowthorpe, 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

Doorway into church is very narrow so wheelchair access is not possible.

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.