St Mary

Explore the countryside of north Doncaster and you will discover the village of Kirk Bramwith and set alongside the River Dun navigation floodplain the tiny church of St Mary is a lovely place to visit.

About this church

Kirk Bramwith is described in the Doomsday Book. After the Norman Conquest the estates became part Duchy of Lancaster. Although likely to be on the site of an earlier church St Mary's was started in 1120. It remains an original Norman church. The tower was constructed in the late 13th/early 14th century. Its single bell was made in York in 1350 and is believed to be the oldest bell in the Diocese of Sheffield.

The main doorway is Norman and the original font is believed to be Saxon. The church has several fine stained glass windows, one dedicated to George III and Queen Anne and installed in gratitude for the victories in North Africa during the 1939-45 world war.

The church is well worth a visit to see the furniture, most of which was made by the internationally famous craftsman Robert Thompson of Kilburn, North Yorkshire. His work includes the pulpit, lectern, hymn boards, main door and all the pews. His trademark mouse can be found around the church, and visitors are invited to search for all twentyseven.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Mary’s has in itself a short history, compared with other churches in the area. However, the search for a place to worship by the people of Stainforth goes back to the 14th century. There was a small medieval chapel in the village which fell to ruin after the Reformation Later it was replaced but the exact location is not known.

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The church is one of the oldest foundations in Doncaster and exhibits a fascinating mix of architectural style. Marooned in an area of industrial decline, the church rewards the visitor with fascinating memorials and the opportunity to tease out the story of the building from the clues that remain.

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