History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Royston, Barnsley

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 53.5965 / 53°35'47"N

Longitude: -1.4511 / 1°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 436423

OS Northings: 411243

OS Grid: SE364112

Mapcode National: GBR LV9V.MH

Mapcode Global: WHDCJ.PV6Q

Plus Code: 9C5WHGWX+JH

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 13 October 1986

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1151127

English Heritage Legacy ID: 333768

Location: Royston, Barnsley, S71

County: Barnsley

Electoral Ward/Division: Royston

Built-Up Area: Royston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Royston St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Find accommodation in


(north side),
2/79 Church of
St. John the Baptist

Church. Predominantly C15 in three building phases, but incorporating work
of C14 which remains in the walling of the north nave and chancel aisles.
Restored 1867-9 by Pearson. Very deeply-coursed ashlar. Stone slate roof.
West tower, 4-bay nave, 3-bay chancel both with buttressed lean-to aisles,
south porch. Perpendicular style. Square 4-stage tower with diagonal buttresses.
Moulded west doorway with 3-light window above. The third stage has a 5-sided
oriel window with cusped lights which have shields below, and a pyramidal roof.
Louvred, transomed belfry openings. Gargoyles, crenellated parapet and crocketed
pinnacles. Nave: clerestorey bays are divided by slender buttresses which are
diagonally-set to bays 2 and 4, bay 1 being slightly later. 2-light cusped
clerestorey windows with arched heads and hoodmoulds linked by a band. Gargoyles,
crenellated parapet and crocketed pinnacles. 3-light south aisle windows with
cusped lights and shallow-arched heads. 2-light north aisle windows with cusped
Y-tracery. 3-light chancel aisle windows with Perpendicular tracery. 4-light
east window with Decorated flamboyant tracery probably a C19 restoration.

Interior: 4-bay north and south arcade, bay 1 being cut out of solid wall, the
rest on 8-sided lozenge-shaped piers and with cambered arches. 3-bay north
chancel arcade, 2-bay south chancel arcade on octagonal piers with rosette
decoration to the capitals. Spiral stair at west end of north aisle and to
earlier west tower.

Excellent panelled roof to nave and aisles, with moulded beams and decorative
bosses. Chancel roof panelled but plain with brattished wall plate. Chapel
roofs panelled with bosses. Decorated, ogee-headed vestry door. Cusped, arched
piscina. Low, brattished, panelled oak screen between chancel and south chapel.
Similar screen to west of south chapel. Rood stair at east end of north aisle.
Perpendicular octagonal font with traceried panelled sides. Excellent monument
to Sandfoord (Sandford) Nevile 1672 of Chevet: a black marble slab on a stone
base with iron railings, 4 white marble putti support a further black marble
slab which bears the inscription. Near the south door is a Rococo wall memorial
to Henry Broadhead, 1754 consisting of a black obelisk ground with a white marble
putto on an inscribed cartouche with floral and foliage support; below are 3 cherubs
heads with wings.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, 1967.

P. F. Ryder, Report for South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, January/February 1984.

Rev. J. G. H. Wilkinson, A Short Guide to the Parish Church of Royston, 1981.

B. Kemp, English Church Monuments, 1980.

Listing NGR: SE3642611242

Selected Sources

Book cover links are generated automatically from the sources. They are not necessarily always correct, as book names at Amazon may not be quite the same as those used referenced in the text.

Source title links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.