Thirtieth annual service at unique Ancient Lead, St Mary’s Church near Towton Battlefield, Tadcaster

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A REMOTE 14th century church near Towton battlefield is to have its 30th annual service, organised by the local Friends group, at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Although its surrounding village disappeared nearly 500 years ago Lead St Mary’s has a strong local Friends group who are encouraging its use, keeping it clean and tidy and maintaining the small planted graveyard.

This is welcomed by The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), who care for the church, which was recently featured on television on a documentary about Towton battlefield.

The Friends formed 31 years ago, when the church, because of its unique and special features, passed into the care of the CCT having fallen out of use for regular worship.

The Friends then organised the annual service starting the following year.

The Rev Canon Robert Cooper, Vicar of St Giles, Pontefract, and Rural Dean of Pontefract will take the service.

Visitors should be aware that part of the special qualities of St Marys is its unspoilt appeal. Also be aware that this also means that in addition to features including the medieval pews, three deck pulpit and stone altar, there are also no toilets, heating, lighting or indeed electricity.