St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough

Coordinates: 54°00′34″N 1°28′19″W / 54.00951°N 1.47185°W / 54.00951; -1.47185
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St John the Baptist, Knaresborough
St John the Baptist, Knaresborough
54°00′34″N 1°28′19″W / 54.00951°N 1.47185°W / 54.00951; -1.47185
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church / Central
WebsiteKnaresborough Anglican team website
DedicationSt John
ProvinceProvince of York
DioceseDiocese of Leeds
Episcopal areaRipon Episcopal Area
ArchdeaconryArchdeaconry of Richmond and Craven
RectorThe Revd Garry Hinchcliffe

St John the Baptist Church is a parish church in the Church of England located in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. It is the largest church in the town.


Records of a church on this site date back to at least 1114 when records from Nostell Priory, Wakefield show that King Henry I granted the "Church at Cnaresburgh" to the canons at Nostell.[1] The church was originally dedicated to St Mary but was changed to its current name in the 16th century following reform after the English reformation. The bells were hung in 1774 and the clock erected in 1884.

On 5 February 1952 the church was designated a grade I listed building.[2]

Present day[edit]

The church is located off Church Lane close to the North bank of the River Nidd. The church was the seat of the suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough.

The parish of Knaresborough is part of the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven in the Diocese of Leeds.[3]



  1. ^ "Knaresborough St John the Baptist History".
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint John the Baptist (1293930)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Knaresborough: St John the Baptist, Knaresborough". A Church Near You. Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 28 June 2017.

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