Whitley Lower Parish Church
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.
Join us for Parish Eucharist on Sundays at 11.15am
We meet for Pebble Prayers every Thursday at 10am
and Whitley Church is open every Thursday and Saturday
Please come in and see this peaceful and beautiful building
* see calendar for any exceptions
News and Events for Whitley are included in the Pew Sheet and
feature on the What's on Page in the main section of the site.
One of the highlights of the calendar at Whitley is our Christingle service held on Christmas Eve.
We were very lucky to welcome Jeremiah the donkey along with Mary, Joseph and the angel Gabriel
(with the help of our enthusiastic volunteers) into church this year
For full details of services and events in the Benefice please check the News Calendar and Services page
Churchwardens at Whitley
Marjorie Wheelhouse 01924 499833 and
Heather Fielden 01924491104
view of interior showing new toilets and entry lobby at top right
view of interior showing restored East end
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.