News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

St Mary's Lead.jpg
St Marys, Lead, Facebook
St Mary's Lead.jpg
St Marys, Lead, Facebook
Church News

Yorkshire church destroyed by vandals who left fake 'apology' note

by Sophie Drew

A Grade-II listed church in Yorkshire - which once featured in an ITV drama - has been vandalised. The instigators left behind an 'apology' note, bearing a fake number. 

Although it's no longer operating as a worship space, St Mary's Church in Lead remains a consecrated building, lying close to a War of the Roses burial ground. 

Affectionately known as The Ramblers Church after it was saved by a group of walkers in the 1930s, the chapel is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. 

Volunteers arrived at the chapel on Saturday, May 7, to find the 18-ft building left in devastation.

Posting to Facebook, the group said: "A sickening sight this morning...litter, smashed vases, glass everywhere, and worst of all, the cross broken too. To add insult to injury, a note of apology with a fake phone number. There's nothing to be done, everything is cleared and mended but I wanted to share what we have to deal with sometimes."

The visitors book was largely destroyed, littered with offensive messages.

The group left behind wristbands from an event they had previously attended. 

Ramblers Church had previously appeared in ITV's Dark Angel, which tells the story of a Victorian serial killer by the name of Mary Ann Cotton.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email