Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley
One new vicar
One of the newest parishes in the Diocese of Leeds,
the KCB Parish includes one of the oldest churches in Yorkshire.
Formed in September 2019 the two parishes of Cononley & Bradley and Kildwick were joined together, just as Covid was about to arrive and force us apart.
The arrival of the Revd Mike Green as the first “permanent” vicar of the new parish in July 2022 heralds a new start for the three congregations – who are looking forward to exciting times!
The new vicarage is currently in the hands of the builders. It is strategigally placed in the village of Cross Hills with access to all three churches and all four communities – of Kildwick, Cononley, Bradley and Cross Hills. Contact Mike from our Contact Page after he arrives on July 16th. Read a little about him on the New Vicar page.
St Mary’s church in Bradley began life as a Wesleyan chapel. It was bought by an Anglican family and gifted to the Diocese, allowing the congregation to move out of the “Tin Tabernacle” on the outskirts of the village. A small and friendly congregation gathers here amid the traditional non-conformist furnishings at 9.30 each Sunday morning.
St John’s church was built in Cononley in the 1860’s, initially as a daughter church for St Andrew’s, Kildwick and then as a parish in its own right.
Recently beautifully re-ordered and renovated it has become the common place of worship for both the Methodist and Anglican congregations in the village.
St Andrew’s church in Kildwick has roots that go back to the days they only needed three numbers for the year. There was an established church in 950 and building work has continued through the centuries to create the “Lang Kirk o’ Craven”, the longest church in this part of the world. It has recently been designated a “Major Church” and has plenty to see, to amaze and to discover.