St Bartholomew

Situated in the centre of Meltham and was consecrated on St Bartholomew’s day 1651 by Bishop Henry Tilson a former Bishop of Elphin in Ireland, the church is believed to be one of a very few in England to be consecrated during the Commonwealth period.

About this church

The only relics remaining from that time include: The desk of the original pulpit bearing the inscription ‘1651 Cathedra Veritas’, a lintel stone on which is carved the date 1651 and an architrave surrounding the door into the choir vestry.

The nave of the present church was built in 1786 and in 1835 the tower, north transept and gallery were added with the bells being installed a year later. The building was completed when the chancel was added in 1876 and at the same time the original ‘box’ pews were removed.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Accessible toilets in church

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A Grade II listed church built in 1789 to a stark Georgian style and later tower hiding a beautiful interior with a tiered gallery, Venetian east window and seating for 1000 persons.

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St Paul

The church building was consecrated in 1848 to a design by the architect William Wallen and has been altered over the years to make it more accessible to everyone and to suit the worship patterns of the time.

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St Lucius

The village was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Ferlei’ or ‘Fereleia’ which is thought to mean either ‘lea of the ferns’ or ‘the far lea’. Later records show the village as ‘Farneley’ (1316) and ‘Farneley Tyas’ (1361). The Tyas part of the name is thought to have been a family name added by an ancient lord of the manor. By 1732 the lands were in the possession of the Earls of Dartmouth. The church was funded by William, the 4th Earl of Dartmouth.

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