The parish church of St Wilfrid Harrogate is one of the finest Grade 1 listed buildings in the country (and the only Grade 1 listed building in the town of Harrogate). St Wilfrid Harrogate is also one of the 40 largest parish churches in England and the 2nd largest in the Diocese of Leeds.
This is a church built in stages, begun in 1904 the main body of the church was consecrated – set apart for public worship – and the parish of St Wilfrid established in 1914. Before then, an altar had stood where the font now stands. The building work didn’t stop in 1914. The Holy Spirit Chapel was added in the 1920s, and the Lady Chapel, the final piece of the church was completed in the mid 1930s. The building continues to evolve today with a state of the art heating system and sound system being added in 2017 and 2018.
But more importantly than being ‘just’ custodians of a glorious building, we are a working parish church, with over one thousand services and events each year offered in a distinctive Anglo-Catholic style within the Church of England.
A wide range of ages and people come here to pray, to worship, to attend a concert or event, or just to visit. This is more than just an outstanding building. It is a vibrant, living sign of God’s presence with us and a rich community of people seeking an authentic Christian path through the ups and downs of daily life.
This website provides details of our regular pattern of services as well as information to help those preparing for christenings, weddings and funerals. You can also discover how our buildings serve the community and are available for hire. You can contact us, and we’ll do our best to respond to your enquieries.
We are also a parish which takes Safeguarding seriously. You can read more about this at: http://www.stwilfrid.org/support/safeguarding/ or you can download our Safeguarding Poster, with contact details. The poster is also available opposite as an image. We are committed to following the Church of England’s best practice. So for example, all our volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults undertake the required checks and training. And if your child attends Young Wilf’s – our Sunday school – then we’ll also ask you to complete a registration form so we have the best information at hand to help care for your child.
We invite you to visit us, a warm welcome awaits.
For full details of services this week, download our notice sheet SWH Parish Mass with Baptisms I before LENT_
Address: St Wilfrid’s Church, Duchy Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2EY
Telephone: 01423 504 629
Parish Office: Monday – Thursday; 9.30am – 2.30pm, Friday 10.30am – 2.30pm
“27 April 1987 – In a break from filming Dinner at Noon at the Crown Hotel, I walk across to St Wilfrid’s, which I cycled over from Leeds to see forty years ago…I find it’s by Temple Moore, Early English cathedral architecture miniaturised – tiny clerestory passages, sweeping steps up to the organ, and lots of Arts & Craft rood-loftery stuff which I just about liked then but which looks much nicer now. Modern I thought this church was once. Now it’s antique, the pewter-coloured door bound in iron and as rutted and heavy as its medieval model…”.Alan Bennett, Writing Home
“I like to feel part of a friendly community and really enjoy the sense of calm that going to church offers. St Wilfrid’s is the friendliest church we have ever come across – some truly wonderful people in the congregation and they have made us feel very welcome since we started going a couple of years ago.”Dan, age 40