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THE WENT VALLEY PARISHES

MEMORIES OF DARRINGTON AND WENTBRIDGE

Photos of Darrington and Wentbridge from the 1920s through to the late 1970s. If you own copyright to any of these and would like to see them removed please contact us. If you have other old photographs and would like them added to this page, we would be happy to do so.


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 St Luke’s Church has stood on its present spot since before 1086AD. There was a Church and a priest here at Domesday.  St John’s Church Wentbridge was only built in 1876, but there was a Chapel belonging to the Knights Hospitaller, until 1535, which stood just east of the present Church and across the River Went. Darrington Church has changed little over the centuries, though the present pews are replacements for the box pews, and the rood screen is no longer present. The Stapleton Chapel was a 14th century addition to the Church, and predates the Black Death of 1348 - 1349.

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St Luke’s Darrington            St Peter, Kirk Smeaaton            St John, Wentbridge