St Hilda's Church Ellerburn


The church of St. Hilda is set in the wooded valley at Ellerburn near Thornton-Le-Dale and is the mother church of the benefice as it is by far the oldest.


The church dates as far back as 1050AD with some parts as old as 850AD. As you enter the church you see the font under the West window. The font, like the stone altar in the chancel, are the oldest parts of the church. In 1905 restoration work, by Caroe was completed and present day parishioners still benefit from his vision and foresight. The vestry and porch were additions designed by him. 


St Hilda's attracts hundreds of visitors each year who come to sample the peace and tranquillity of this Grade 2* listed building. Why not enjoy a walk down Ellerburn Valley with the Festival? See the Green Walk in the free Walks Booklet - Click here to download










The church is open each day between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm and services are held twice monthly with special services such as Carols by Candlelight and the Service of Light being annual events.


Are you thinking of getting Married or having a Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child? If so please go to the Benefice Page for more information.


Everybody is very welcome to any of the services, details of which can be found below as well as on the notice board in the church porch, or the churchwarden can be contacted on: 01751 476709.




Sunday Services 4 Week Plan



The five churches in the Benefice have recently agreed a regular Monthly Plan for Sunday services which is shown below.  However, there are often ‘extra’ special services such as the Annual Pet Service, or Service of Blessing and Remembrance, so please also refer to the monthly service rota:

September 2019 service poster for Churches 




Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4



9.15 BCP Communion


4.30pm Evensong with hymns


6.30pm in summer and 3pm in winter



8 BCP Communion



9.15 CW Communion



Evensong 3pm all year


Thornton Dale

11 CW Communion

11 CW Communion



11 CW Communion



Evensong 6.30

11 CW Communion

Quarterly Evening service of Healing


BCP           =                 Book of Common Prayer               


CW             =                 Common Worship 


Lively          =                 A 30 minute Word service particularly suitable for children of all ages




There is ALSO weekday worship as follows:


Wednesdays 10:00 am Holy Communion Common Worship at All Saints’ Church, Thornton Dale every week








To arrange a Baptism, Wedding, or a Funeral, please contact the Churchwarden or the Rector.

St Hilda's Church Ellerburn logo


Business name:
St Hilda's Church Ellerburn


Contact person:

Mrs E Cowley, Church Warden



YO18 7LL


Phone: 01751 460391



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