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

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St James

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.


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’.

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