Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

 Whitley Lower Parish Church Whit6ley Parish Church1

dedicated to St Mary and St Michael and situated in the delightful village of Whitley. 
It is part of the United Benefice of Thornhill and Whitley.

 Parish Eucharist on Sundays at 11.15 a.m

Vicar - Rev Sue Clarke      01924 450746 
email contact click here

 for weddings, funerals and baptisms
Sue Clarke


 John Riley
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Marjorie Wheelhouse 499833


ARCHIVE          Whitley Queen's Diamond Jubilee

What a good day this was involving the whole community and comers in from further afield. Supported by the Big Lottery

Whitley jubilee 1

Whitley Jub 2

Whitley Jub 4

Whitley Jub 3


see here for all photos

A walk around Whitley Parish Church
a  booklet  click here to read it

The church is open every Thursday and Saturday 

10-4 please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building.

Whitley Parish Church 2

view of interior showing new toilets and entry

lobby at top right

Whitley Parish Church 3

view of interior showing restored East end

News and Events are included in the Pew Sheet and on the What's on Page in the main section of the site. For full details of services and events in the Benefice please check the News Calendar and Services page click here

 The Local area.

With a population just below 500, the parish of Whitley Lower is set around the two villages of Briestfield and Whitley bordering the larger parish of Thornhill. It is mainly a rural farming area with little industry or commerce except a haulage depot near the church and an Ice Cream Parlour.  The local pub in Whitley recently closed, but some refurbishment has been done to try to attract a new landlord. There are no shops in either community which means travelling at least 5 miles for major shopping. Whitley has an hourly bus connection to Thornhill, Dewsbury and Wakefield, but there is no service for Briestfield.

Whitley and Briestfield formed a part of the ancient parish of Thornhill and became a parish in its own right in 1847, with the building of St Mary and St Michael’s.