Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, South Yorkshire
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An old estate church rooted in village history
This atmospheric, partly ruined building started life as a church in the 15th century but was converted to a mausoleum in 1877 after a new church was commissioned. Today, only the chancel and north chapel remain intact.
In the chancel, brass and stone memorials and alabaster effigies from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries trace the powerful Wentworth family. These include one to the Earl of Strafford, a supporter of the Crown who was beheaded on Tower Hill just before the Civil War, and Charles Watson-Wentworth, the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, who helped to negotiate an end to the American War of Independence.
Wentworth estate workers and villagers rest in the churchyard, including the 17-year-old Chow Kwang Tseay from China, baptised John Dennis Blonde. He was thought to have been rescued from ‘HMS Blonde'; and brought to Rotherham in 1847 at the age of 14.
24 May 2020 - 25 May 2020
An opportunity to discover more about the wider Wentworth country estate and enjoy an exhibition of historic photographs and archive material of the church and village, alongside guided tours of the crypt and a family scavenger hunt.
A beautiful interior painted roof
CCT's very first vested church
Ancient past and modern life
Parking is available along the road outside the churchyard. There is no regular access to the crypt. Please contact our Local Community Officer Peter Clegg on 07733 108553 to arrange a visit.
There is a path down to the church which is uneven and slippery during wet weather and in winter. There is a short ramp down into the church. The crypt is not accessible to wheelchairs.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
5 miles north west of Rotherham, on B6090
Nearest railway station: Elsecar (1.4 miles). Bus route numbers 227/690.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Wentworth Holy Trinity - Your Church Tour Yorkshire County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
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