St Andrews Church Gargrave

Gargave Church, St Andrews Church Gargrave

The picture above shows the Millenium Gate to the north entrance of the church.

You can find St Andrews Church Gargrave at the corner of Church lane and Church Street in Gargrave. That’s across the river bridge from the High Street and you’ll see it on the left just after the Mason’s Arms pub but before you get to the Station.

St Andrews Church Gargrave (Some History And Information)

St Andrews Church at Gargrave is part of the church of England.

Gargrave Church, St Andrews Church Gargrave

The church has been in its current form since being rebuilt in 1852 although the tower dates back further than that. The sketch above shows the new church.

Vicar's entrance to Church
Vicar’s entrance to Church

The current vicarage is just the other side of Church Land from the church and there is a small snicket in the wall from church lane that can be used to access the church from that side. The original vicarage was at the other side of the church and you can still see where the access gate was from the house there.

Outbuilding at Gargrave Church
Church Outbuilding

Backing on to church lane there is a small building which has an interesting sundial on the wall facing the church. It bears the inscription Every Hour Shortens Life.

Sundial in Gargrave Church yard, inscription: Every hour shortens life
Every hour shortens life
Builder of Gargrave Church
Builder of this Church

Near the outbuilding you will find the burial plot of the builder of the present church and his wife.

There are many fascinating features outside the church and some of them are the subject of myths.

Builder's mark (not a shot hole from the civil war)
Builder’s mark (not a shot hole from the civil war)

On the outside wall of the church you can see several indentations. The mythology is that these are shot holes from the English civil war, but the reality is that these are builders marks.

The aisle at Gargrave Church, St Andrews Church Gargrave
The aisle

Inside the church is traditional and very beautiful. It has been updated a little at the rear of the church since this picture was taken.

The church at Gargrave is becoming more of a hub for the community in many ways. Possibly this is one of the brighter signs of our times.

A story in pictures (best viewed live)
A story in pictures (best viewed live)

The stained glass windows here are traditional and tell biblical stories as you would expect. But you will find them well worth viewing live.

Some of the stained glass was produced by Capronnier of Brussels.

Lytchgate Gargrave Church
Lytchgate Gargrave Church

During marriage ceremonies the tradition at the church is to enter by North entrance via the Millenium arch. Married couples exit at the other side of the church (you can see that on the sketch above and in the video below) and then leave via the church grounds via the lytchgate.

It’s not uncommon for the gate of the lytchgate to be tied shut and then be opened in return for a donation of coins. It sounds like a mercenary but it’s actually quite nice in practice.

There is more information about the history of St Andrews Church Gargrave on the church website.

It’s worth a visit in person to see the impressive nature of the place.

I feel that what is written here is just an outline and it’s well worth a visit in person to get a better feel for it.


Most of the images used above are my own apart from the sketch.

The sketch is part of the Dennis French Archive, I don’t currently have the details of the original donor of the image, when I do I will add it to the article.


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