Friend of the Parish of Upper Nidderdale Chris Simpson of 'Magna Carta' has recently released an albulm called 'Fields of Eden,' which features tracks such as Middlesmoor and Greenhow Hill. It has become the soundtrack to the Vicar's car and he recommends that you go out and buy a copy for yourselves too. Here's a video that Magna Carta recorded in the churchyard here at St Chad's, Middlesmoor.
Middlesmoor is at the head of Nidderdale, an unspoilt rural village with cobbled streets. The beautiful church of St Chad’s has often been said to have one of the best views from any church in England, overlooking the breath-taking beauty of the Nidderdale Valley.
The present Grade 2 listed church dates from 1866, but there has been a church here since earliest times. Inside the church is an old preaching cross which legend says St Chad preached near. St Chad’s celebrates what has affectionately become known as a monthly ‘Methlican Service,’ a joint Anglican and Methodist service. This All Age Service (which occasionally celebrates Holy Communion) has proven very popular with locals up and down the Dale. There are several services dedicated to rural and local traditions e.g. the Lambing Service in May and the Bell Festival in June. In the winter months we have been fortunate enough to celebrate a Café Church service in How Stean Gorge Café.
St Chad’s is a spiritual home for many, providing a tranquil space to connect or reconnect with God.
St Chad's Cross
The stone cross shown inside St Chad's is claimed to be anglo saxon and is inscibed Cross of St. Ceadda (Chad).
Whilst visiting St Chad’s why not visit How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse? Whether for the scrumptious café or to explore the steep-sided chasm with natural caves it’s worth a visit.
January 17th Cafe Church 3pm at How Stean Gorge Cafe
February 21st Cafe Church 3pm at How Stean Gorge Cafe
February 28th Choral Evensong for St Chad's Day with the combined choirs of St Chad's and the Nidd Chorale 3pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
March 6th Mothering Sunday Service 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
March 27th Easter Day Communion 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
April 24th The Lambing Festival 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
May 15th Pentecost 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
June 11th The Bell Festival 2pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor (Procession from the Village Hall at 1:50pm) Guest Preacher Bishop of West Yorkshire and the Dales The Right Reverend Nick Baines
July 17th Pet Service 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
July 31st United Service 10:30am at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
August 21st Service 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
September 18th Harvest Festival 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
October 16th Autumn Songs of Praise 2:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
November 13th Remembrance Sunday 10:30am at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
December 4th Christingle Service 4pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
December 18th Family Carols with Nativity 6:30pm at St Chad's, Middlesmoor
Vicar: Reverend Darryl Hall,
New Church Street,
Telephone: 01423 711414
Churchwardens: Eileen Bain 01423 755607
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with thanks to Barry Ogleby for kind permission to use these photographs
Not too far from Middlesmoor and an important part of our heritage is Scar House Dam Resevoir. I have recently come across this archive clip which shows the dam being constructed. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.