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A variety of events and services take place at Denby church. All are welcome to get involved and enjoy this beautiful historic church and its countryside surroundings. There are also room hire facilities and film shows.
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12 Lower Denby Lane Lower Denby
Denby was a Danish settlement dating back to the 9th century. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The parish covers an area of approx. 15sq miles and has a population of around 1650. It comprises the village itself and an extension of it to the East (Lower Denby) and 3 hamlets of Ingbirchworth situated approx. 1 mile to the South and High Flatts and Birdsedge approx. 1 mile and 1.5 miles respectively to the North.
Denby was originally part of the Parish of Penistone whose church was built around 1200. The Vicar of Penistone is still a Patron of St Johns Church in Denby.
The villagers of Denby had to walk to church in Penistone or travel in carts. In Winter this was difficult and it was almost impossible to cross the waters of Scout Dyke.
In 1626, 13 parishioners were drowned trying to cross on their way to church and the villagers applied for a licence from the Archbishop of York Tobias Matthew to build a chapel in Denby itself.
In 1853 an order was signed by Queen Victoria making Denby into a separate parish to include the villages of Gunthwaite, Ingbirchworth, High Flatts and Birdsedge. It now became the Parish Church of Denby and so it continued until 1900 when it was closed for restoration.
In 1990 Denby Parish was joined with Cumberworth and Denby Dale to form a United Benefice.