United Benefice of Thornhill & Whitley Lower

Serving our local communities


Snowdrops spring 2

Churchyard Maintenance

 Our own colleagues work regularly on mowing and clear up.  

some newly uncovered areas from 2016

Churchyard rediscovered

Churchyard rediscovered
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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 


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 )


TPC Church and  Churchyard Title Plan - Land Registry

Layout of sections in the Churchyard- this should help you find a particular grave.see plan here

Official Churhyard Plans (Older parts) - churchyard plans high qual

see larger version here  

See index to Inscriptions from Older Sections Here

Inscriptions Book A Pages 1-13 Here   and Pages 14-29here and here Pages 30-60 end

Inscription Book B pp0-30 here   and 30 to end here IF You have difficulty readin even numbered pages in Book B Here they are again apologies.

Originals of these are available at West Yorkshire Archive History Centre ion Wakefield  Located in  WDP 14 Box 3

Copies may be seen at church.by appointment on Wednesdays.


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.