DetailsThe present day parish church was built in 1854. The graveyard is the final resting place of both the poet Sylvia Plath, wife of the late Ted Hughes and of David Hartley, leader of the notorious Cragg Vale Coiners, who was executed in York in 1770.
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Short Description Uniquely, Heptonstall has two churches within one graveyard. At the centre of the village are the ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket built between 1256 and 1260. Later adaptations gave the Church two naves, two aisles and two chantry chapels as well as a tower. Following a great storm in 1847 the west face of the tower fell away. Some measure of repair took place and the church remained in use up to 1854 when the present church, St Thomas the Apostle, was completed at a cost of £7,000. The ruins of St Thomas a' Becket are carefully maintained and are open to the public. Open air services are occasionally conducted there. Type Culture & Heritage, Historic Sites & Trails, The Calderdale Way Location Heptonstall Address St Thomas a Becket Heptonstall Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7 7LJ Web Address www.stthomasheptonstall.com/brief-history.php Recharge Point No
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Ruins of the Church of St Thomas a' Becket
St Thomas a Becket Heptonstall Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7 7LJ
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