Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community


Snowdrops spring 2

Details of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the two world wars and are commemorated in the churchyard may be seen in the Power Point  here  see also the Dewsbury Sacrifices web site here


Churchyard Maintenance- over the last few months we have been lucky to have Community Payback working with us and the churchyard is looking wonderful. Our own colleagues work regularly on mowing and clear up. We need more help and therefore a series of dates have been arranged for others to help-

some newly uncovered areas

Churchyard rediscovered

Churchyard rediscovered
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Diseased tree
Why we had to spend £10,000 on felling unsafe trees.

 If you want to come at any other time just turn up with tools and do some weeding or grass strimming. If you would like to come any other regular time please get in touch- 07505 107808 or speak to the Rector or Wardens

churchyard team
some of our churchyard team

As well as being a consecrated and active burial ground the churchyard  is a resource for local historians and  a haven for wildlife of all sorts.     The churchyard of is a beautiful oasis situated between busy main roads in Thornhill. Covering an area of round about 3 acres it is a place of solitude and peace for the relatives of the departed. The churchyard is visited by many people tending graves or cremated remains plots and also by people passing through on a leisurely walk. Some parts of the churchyard round the edges and where wild flowers are encouraged to grow are left to grow a bit wild. These wild areas are home to a huge selection of butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and other wildlife ( see study by Marjorie Middleton click on sub page )


Rectory Park -across the road from the churchyard is the wonderful Thornhill Rectory Park which was once the home of the Rectors of Thornhill. There has always been a close contact with the park and the church. The Friends of Rectory Park (click here ) have a new website .There are some wonderful pictures to look at here. There is a super picture too of the spitfire which came to our Summer Fair.