Pilgrimage to Thornton in Craven
article posted 14 July 2014
On Saturday 12th July a small convoy of cars took pilgrims from St James the Great Haydock to the Holy Well
at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Thornton in Craven. This Holy Well had been a place of pilgimage since Saxon times,
well before Duke William of Normandy successfully invaded England! Henry VIII put a stop to that, but only temporarily.
In the eighteenth century the Well was recovered from the weeds and reinstated as a place of prayer. Now each July folk
gather at the Well for a service of healing and sprinkling.
The weather was fine and sunny, and we took advantage of the occasion to visit the delights of Skipton Market.
After lunch we went to the church for the Eucharist, followed by a procession through the churchyard to the
Afternoon tea was served in the church; we did appreciated the hospitality of St Mary's congregation, who provided
sandwiches and delicious cakes in abundance!
The service of Benediction rounded off the day in a most appropriate fashion.
Our thanks go to Fr Nicholas Turner and all at St Mary's for making us so welcome.