Heritage Open Day


Welcome to our Heritage open day page for 2020. Due to the current situtation we find ourselves in this year, we thought it would be best not to open church up, but to look at what is hidden within our churchyard.

Can you find the graves of two of our former vicars (they are within the central section at the front of church) or how about the the makers of steam powered engines Pollit & Wigzell (located at the side of the tower) or if you can manage the path, why not head out to the East Gate and look at the memorial stone from Ellison Memorial School on your way you may notice the old font which we believe may have come from the Old Brigg Chapel.

Our churchyard is open: a calming space just yards away from the town centre. Enjoy the distant view of hills, or get up close to urban wildlife whilst sitting on the benches. Self guide leaflets available to download with short tour & nature notes.

Step away from the bustle of traffic and back to when the town boomed in the Industrial Revolution. All around are memorials dated from 1821 until this graveyard reached capacity and was closed to new burials from 1 March 1859 by the Principal Secretary of State to Queen Victoria. Since then it has been a place to reflect and a haven for wildlife. Trees and shrubs were planted in memory of loved ones, the old font is now a bird bath, and the gaps between graves are home to wild flowers and insects.

Feel free to sit by the planted tubs and enjoy the natural world around you. Reflect on all those who have loved this place for almost 200 years but lived in a very different town to what you see now. Please stay socially distant!

Why not try our prayer walk or try and find the diffrent plants, shrubs and trees we have within the churchyard or take a look at the hidden nature.  The prayer walk is approx. 10 minutes with extra time to reflect, our plant survey and hidden nature can be done at the same time.

Prayer walk

Plant survey

Hidden Nature

As part of the heritage within the town we have the annual rushbearing.  This year it was a little diffrent, why not watch the video and listen to the sound of Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers

While you're in the area why not visit more local sites of hidden nature. . From the canal basin opposite take the towpath walk towards Halifax to see the urban nature reserves being created as part of the Calder Valley Greening project managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust or visit Crow Wood Park

For anyone wanting to see inside the church, this can be arrainged, please use our contact us form and a member of our team will be intouch with you.

Should you have any issues on the day, please contact our Churchwarden Peter on 07720 745 230

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