St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael’s is the parish church for the Anglican parish of Kirkby in Malhamdale within the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.  This is a large parish of some thirty seven square miles serving the communities of Airton, Calton, Hanlith, Kirkby Malham, Malham, Malham Moor, Otterburn, and Scosthrop.

Welcome to our website which we hope gives you an insight into our Church and the Parish it serves.

Our Church has a long history and is a place of great spiritual peace and calm as entries in our visitor’s book repeatedly attest.  We welcome visitors and the Church is open from approximately 9.00am to 5.00pm each day.  As well as learning about the Church’s fascinating past we hope that visitors find the opportunity to spend time with God.  There is a prayer board in the Lady Chapel where prayers can be left and these are incorporated into the intercessions when Morning Prayer is said in the Church.  Visitors are always welcome at our services.

Forthcoming Services and Even

November Services

Sunday 19th November      Second Sunday before  Advent
Parish Church                             10.00 a.m. Parish Communion
4.00 p.m. Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication
Sunday 26th November      Sunday next before Advent
Parish Church                              10.00 a.m. Parish Communion
3.00 p.m. Organ Recital by the Vicar, Geoffrey Spencer
Sunday 3rd December          First Sunday of Advent
Parish Church                               11.00 a.m. Parish Communion
5.30 p.m. Advent Carol Service


Kirkby Malham Church

Heritage Presentations

As part of the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to do work on Kirkby Malham Church, we are planning a series of talks about interesting heritage aspects of the Church. This is the fifth in the series.

The next  presentations will be on  8th February 2018 on the Chantries in Kirkby Malham Church. Further details will be available closer to the dates.


Organ Concert

By the Vicar, Geoffrey Spencer

3.00 p.m. Sunday 26th November






City of Sanctuary visit 4th September 2016 

For more information, follow the link above.





St. Michael the Archangel, Kirkby in Malhamdale

Press Release

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant helps secure the future of the ‘Cathedral of the Dales’

It has just been announced that St. Michael the Archangel, which is the Anglican church serving Malhamdale, has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant (HLF) of £99,500 towards essential repairs and improvements, which constitutes some 57% of the anticipated cost.

Following on from the recent completion of major roof repairs St. Michael’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) has welcomed the news which allows them to plan a major ongoing programme of work. This will cover urgently required plaster repair together with improved heating, lighting, and drainage. It is also planned to add an additional toilet and re-open a blocked door. As well as making the building a more comfortable place to worship, the PCC anticipate that these improvements will help to make better use of the Church as the largest meeting place in the Dale and to bring out the heritage stories of the Church and the local area. Plans are at an early stage but it is hoped to go out to tender early next year with the work being carried out in the summer.

In recent years ingress of water as a result of a deteriorating nave roof has caused serious damage to the internal plaster which was exacerbated when the Church suffered a lead theft early in 2015, so with the roof now repaired this is a first priority. A renewed heating system will not only make the church much warmer for congregation and community use but also significantly help to reduce condensation. Improved energy efficient lighting together with installation of a disabled friendly wc will make the church more accessible for all.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will work to help better disseminate information about the rich heritage of the church. This will involve sharing information on the stained glass windows, the wonderful old box pews – many with carvings, the early chantry chapels, and other items of historical interest. This will form the basis of widely available talks, and illustrated trails around the church and churchyard for the many visitors and schools who visit Malhamdale. The PCC envisage that the whole project will make St. Michael’s a much more comfortable place to worship, exciting to visit, and an excellent venue for community use such as talks and concerts.

The church is a large Grade 1 listed building built around 1490 on the site of an earlier church founded by monks from the Abbey of West Dereham in Norfolk in 1199. It is fondly known locally as ‘the Cathedral of the Dales’, and is recognised as one of the outstanding churches of the Yorkshire Dales. From the outside is built in millstone grit in a perpendicular gothic style. The inside reveals a wonderful, mainly original, oak roof with interesting carvings, oak box pews carved with the initials of previous occupants dating back to 1619, and stained glass windows celebrating the northern saints. In the tower is a ring of 8 bells, with the earliest dating from 1602. In the churchyard there are many early graves, an old preaching cross which probably predates any buildings on the site, the village stocks dated 1673, and the famous ‘Watery Grave’ .

The Reverend Michael Jackson, Vicar of St. Michael’s commented: ‘We always saw the roof repairs as a first step to a much larger process of making this magnificent church fit for 21st century use and able to share its rich heritage as part of its Christian mission. The Heritage Lottery fund grant helps to make this aspiration become a reality for which we are hugely grateful’.


Headley Trust

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant to help towards the funding gap for the work which is reported above. The Headley Trust is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.

North Craven Heritage Trust.

We are pleased to announce that the North Craven Heritage Trust have given us a grant towards the opening of the Priests door as part of the work which is reported above.


The Church Roof


At long last the work to replace the roof on the Nave and South Aisle with terne coated stainless steel has been completed.  The poor weather over the winter delayed the work by several months, but now, as the steel weathers over the next few months to start to look like lead, we can look forward to having a dry roof into the 22nd century, and perhaps beyond.

We would like to thank the main contractor JTC Roofing and their subcontractors, and our architect Mike Overton of Overton Architects for completing an excellent job. The work would not have been possible without the tremendous support of our funders listed below, and the generosity of the people of Malhamdale and our visitors.

We now move on to the next phase of work to make our church really fit for the 21st century, and as reported above, we have been successful in getting funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Headley Trust and the North Craven Heritage Trust. We have also been supported by the hard work of the people of Malhamdale raising funds for us. Whilst retaining all the wonderful characteristics of the church, we will be improving the heating, lighting, drainage, installing a disabled friendly toilet and opening a second door.





Visitors to the World War 1 Exhibition

Visitors to the World War 1 Exhibition


You may find more information about the Church and services on www.achurchnearyou.com. Our postcode is BD23 4BS