Knottingley SE 50 23
Yorkshire West Near J33 of M62 and A1 intersection
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The name of the Church gives some indication of its age as St. Botolph, which is a comparatively rare dedication, is of Saxon origin.  There is evidence to support the theory that a Saxon chapel did exist before the Norman church was built. Of the original church no trace remains and only the west wall of the succeeding building, which was raised in 1100AD., remains today. This second church was probably founded by the Lord of Pontefract, the Robert de Lacy, as a chapel.  Between 1750 and 1756 the nave and chancel of the Church were rebuilt in the classical style with round topped plain glass windows. 1873 saw the addition of the tower to the Church and (?) the Chancel in 1887. In 1888 the Church was further re-modelled by Victorian restorers who included stained glass windows and the nave was also re-seated and the galleries removed.

An excellent booklet St Botolph, His Life and Times by Kenneth Keenan, Ll.B., Ph.D., FCIB.was available at the church. This gives not only a history of St Botolph's life but includes a list of churches dedicated to him.

  Picture Source (link not working May 2002) Copyright Peter Buttle

Updated 4 May 2002

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