St. Hilda's Church

Ellerburn Valley's best kept secret

Upcoming Events

Ellerburn Festival held in normal years at the beginning of September

The church hosts a Festival over including musical evenings, walks and talks and traditional craft demonstrations. This is a great opportunity for people to come and visit the church, join in the fun and find out more about our plans “


More details coming soon. A weekend of crafts and music. Basketweaving to Sinatra. Wood turning to bread making.

Call 01751 460391 or email - click for programme

Heritage Lottery Grant. A big thank you to all Lottery Players

New Signage and information area now in church and around the valley soon


Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the HLF grant has allowed the friends to create dedicated information areas, share the history of the church and the industrial past of the valley. Information boards illustrate the story of St. Hilda of Whitby, the churches time-line through history and its importance as a place of worship and pilgrimage. There is also a visual and audio area, making information accessible to all.

Some Previous Events

A Gorgeous Saxon Gem of a Church


1200 Years of Worship

In the years before the 11th century there was no concept of a "parish" church and stone crosses in early days served as places where the clergy would preach from.


Survived The Harrying
of the North

The Harrying of the North was a series of campaigns waged by William the Conqueror in the winter of 1069–70 to subjugate northern England


Used as Stables
by Parliamentarians

This was provoked by the Parliament troops hanging several Royalist prisoners during the battle. ... In many areas they destroyed the decorations, statues and paintings in local churches.


Geogian Improvements

Box Pews and an impressive pulpit sounding box were added in Geotrgian times



Caröe was born on 1 September 1857 in Holmsdale, Blundellsands near Liverpool. William Douglas Caröe was a major figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement and described as a “Master of spatial painting”.[4] The firm he founded, Caroe & Partners, still specialises in ecclesiastical architecture, especially the restoration of historic churches


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We love St Hilda's, and are planning for the church to be open and inviting for the next 1200 years.

St Hilda's History

is a fascinating travel through Ryedale life

Join us in developing St Hilda's as a community centre for Genealogy, masterclasses, lectures, music performances and more.....

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A Tour Around The Church

A Spiritual Haven

Peaceful and serene, with the brook at the entrance to the churchyard

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Seats up to



Years of service


Yards from a cup of tea


Days a Year

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Hear What Our Visitor Say.

  • “What a gem. We've travelled across the country to visit this wonderful place“

    — The Stevens Family

  • “A peaceful sanctuary. Please keep the building alive and loved“

    — John from York

  • “I wish I could visit every week. The place is held dear to our family”

    — Mrs Ives

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