Welcome to the Haworth Parish Church’s website.
We are delighted that have chosen to click through to our site because it gives us an opportunity to introduce you to the vibrant Anglican community and its building that is situated in the beautiful south Pennine region of West Yorkshire.
Haworth will forever be linked to the literary output of the three daughters of one of our former incumbents, the Rev. Patrick Brontë. He and his family lived in the Parsonage just to the west of the Church building from 1820 until 1861 and the novels produced by Charlotte, Ann and Emily not only still enthral readers throughout the world but attract many visitors to the Church and the village from around the world as well as from Yorkshire, its surrounding counties and the rest of Great Britain and Ireland.
All the family but Ann was interred in a tomb beneath the present Church which was rebuilt after Brontë’s death. The present Church was constructed between 1879 and 1881 and, although little remains of the previous buildings – parts of the present church tower formed parts of both the medieval church building as well as the one that Brontë would have used – many historical connections with both the Anglican and Methodist movements as well as literature are still present.
Today, the St Michael and All Angels, together with its associated Church St Gabriel’s in the nearby hill-top village of Stanbury, provides a spiritual centre for the district’s vibrant Anglican community and a great deal of work is going into fulfilling the ambitions of a five-year plan to repair and restore the splendid Haworth Parish Church building that is constructed in the perpendicular style.
The first phase of that plan, the repair of the south-facing roofs and restoration of the tower, was completed in 2012 after a two-year fund-raising programme that met the cost of £227,555.00 with the aid of grants by such bodies as English Heritage; the National Churches Trust; the Bradford Diocesan Church Buildings Fund and Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust while we were fortunate to receive donations from many other individuals, community groups and interested parties. Members of the congregation have also worked hard to provide around £10,000 from events such as master baking classes, Fayres and concerts.
Work on raising the next tranche of money to undertake the repair of the north-facing roofs and other urgent tasks in the second phase of the plan has just started while it is estimated that we shall have needed to raise around £1.25 million to complete the whole three-phase project.
While all that work is taking place, the Church continues to serve its community by providing regular services; spiritual support and community activities. Most things that you will need to know about our Church and what it has to offer can be found within this web site. If you cannot find what you need to know then please use the e-mail contact facility to ask your question and we will do our best to get back to you as fast as we can.
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