St. Thomas-a-Beckett Church, Heptonstall

The last resting place of Sylvia Plath and the 'King' of the Yorkshire Coiners, this spectacular ruined church is a magical place.

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St. Thomas-a-Beckett Church, Heptonstall

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The interior of the church is remarkably intact - were it not for the absence of a roof, you could be in any well-preserved medieval church in England.

This ancient church - parts of which date back to the middle of the 13th century - was reduced to ruins during a storm in 1848. While a new church was built within the same cemetery, the decision was made to preserve the old building as it stood. Reputedly, the cemetery is home to 100,000 souls. Wandering around the church yard it is easy to believe - for much of the surface old cemetery is comprised entirely of gravestones.

Today, the church itself is remarkably complete with the exception of the missing roof. It is especially eerie and worth a visit at night time in the winter before retiring to the Cross Inn pub across the way for a warming pint.

The cemetery is the last resting place of David Hartley - king of the Yorkshire Coiners  - and Sylvia Plath.

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Author: Ian Freud   |  Last updated: 19th February 2015 | © Weird Island 2010-2017
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