Books mark heritage of St John’s Wortley

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St John's Church, Wortley. Copyright Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

Two books have been published about St John’s Church in Dixon Lane Road to coincide with this year’s Heritage Open Day of Wortley and Farnley Parish, writes David Cartwright.

The open day is happening at St John’s on Saturday 14th September 2019.

One book is a new edition of “The Story of St John’s” by David Thornton and Brian Chippendale, a Centenary Celebration which was first issued in 1998.

Although this is a centenary edition of the present church, there is far longer than 100 years of worship to commemorate at Wortley church.

One thing that continually appears and reappears in this history is how the local community and its Church have been so interrelated over the decades. Since 1813, both have been inseparable.   

The other is a new paperback called “A Journey through St John’s” by David Cartwright. This is a record in words and over 90 colour photographs of the physical aspects of the church, inside and out.

Both books are available on Amazon, but a number will be available on The Heritage Open Day at the church at a discounted price.

The Heritage Open Day at St John’s is a free event on Saturday 14th September 2019, from 10am to 3pm. 

Come along and browse the Archived Registers for Baptisms, Weddings and Burial records for past and present family members.

Records from both St John’s and St Michael’s will be available to look at as well as a Mice Hunt for the famous Mouseman Furniture, crafts, refreshments.

There will be lots of other photos and displays from the life of the churches in the Parish of Wortley and Farnley. The churchyard will also be open.

This event will be followed by Messy Church.


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