The ancient parish of Edlington St. Peter, in the village of Old Edlington, lies about 4 miles to the west of Doncaster, and within the Archdeaconry of Doncaster. The original church dates from around 1180 AD and has many Norman features, with much elaborate carving in the chevron and zigzag fashion that is typical of the late 12th century.

The Alter insife Edlington St Peters

The Alter inside Edlington St Peters

A Plaque inside Edlington St Peters

A Plaque inside the church

Inside Edlington St Peters

Inside Edlington St Peter

Carol Ackroy and a group of Freinds

Carol Ackroyd and friends

Showing another view towards the alter in Edlington St Peter

A view showing the Alter

Conisbrough St Peter a Mother Church to the surrounding Parishes

Conisbrough St Peters close to Edlington St Peter

A monument inside Edlington St Peter

A view showing a wall monument

A view of Conisbrough Castle, close to Edlington St Peter

Conisbrough Castle

An Ackroyd Gravestone

An Ackroyd Gravestone

Friends of Carol Ackroyd at a local Cemetry

Friends of Carol Ackroyd at a local Cemetery

There is Norman masonry in the nave, the chancel and in the base of the Tower, the rest of the latter being 15^ century. A Norman corbel table with heads and grotesques runs along the south side of the church outer wall, and another similar feature is on the inside, between the nave and the aisle which are divided by a 13th century arcade. A Norman window survives, with carved pillars and capitals and an arch of zigzag, and there is a doorway in the ancient porch with carved zigzag and beakheads and a hood of medallions. Monumental Inscriptions Joseph Ackroyd 1863 The chancel arch with its elaborate mouldings rests on short shafts set shoulder-high from the floor which are crowned with capitals of leaves and bandwork.

Many Acaroid's were buried at this church and here are two examples of there Monuments and the inscriptions upon them.

Sacred to the Memory of Ann wife of Joseph  Ackroyd, Who departed this life July 22nd 1825 Aged 53 Years. Also the above Joseph Ackroyd who died April 7th 1834 Aged 61 Years.  Go home our friend & children dear We must rest here until Christ appear and at his coming have a joyful rising from the grave

There is a little old glass, a 15th century screen, and very old panelling on the pulpit and some of the pews. The font is Elizabethan.

Some parish registers are held by Doncaster Archives, but these cover only the years between 1700 and 1962. However, some of the earlier years are covered by Bishop's Transcripts dating from 1600 to 1842, and these are also held at the Archives.Monumental Inscriptions Edlington St Peters Joseph Ackroyd

Joseph Ackroyd who September 13th 1863 Aged 57 Years. Also Elizabeth his wife who died November 9th 1893 Aged 86 Years. Also George their son who died March 11th 1887 Aged 47 Years

The parish of Edlington St. Peter was declared redundant in 1962 when it amalgamated with that of New Edlington, St. John the Baptist. This had been created in 1911 from the ancient parish of Warmsworth, to provide for the influx of miners and their families with the opening of the Colliery.

After suffering years of uncertainty and a great deal of vandalism, this lovely building was the first church to be vested in The Churches Conservation Trust* in 1971.

More information about availability of records at Doncaster Archives:

Bapt  1731 - 1963  Mar 1731 - 1962 Bur 1731 - 1954  Banns 1824 - 1940 Bt's 1600 - 1842Also Church Wardens accounts 1823 - 1937           School Magazine's minutes1901 - 1931

*The Churches Conversation Trust,
89 Fleet Street, London
Tel: 020 7936 2285

My thanks to Margaret Frost of the Doncaster  FHS for providing me with

 information about Edlington St Peters.    





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