St Margaret Clitherow RC Church, Threshfield MYD36582 (c) YDNPA, 2023
Although the Catholic Church of St Margaret Clitherow in Threshfield is built from traditional materials it is far from being a traditional building. Dedicated in 1973, its unusual pyramidal shape supported by zinc-clad buttresses has led to its local affectionate nickname of ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’. The architect was Peter Langtry-Langton and its shape was inspired by sketches he saw of a simple African church built using poles, wattle and palm leaves. Inside, the stained glass windows designed by Jane Duff (now Ayers) either side of the altar are particularly eye-catching.
Kennedy, Paul (ed) (1996) The Struggle of a Minority – a short history of Catholicism in Craven. Skipton: St Stephen’s Church
Location On south side B6265 between Threshfield (1/2 mile) and Grassington (1 mile). Usually kept locked. View from roadside. See www.yorkshirechurches.com for service times.
Public Transport Details Nearest town/village: Settle. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.
Accessibility Viewable from roadside. See www.yorkshirechurches.com for access details.