LAST week’s featured church was St Andrew’s, Gargrave, as correctly identified by Kath Ashby and John D Barrow.

St Andrew’s is a busy community church which recently welcomed a new priest in charge after an absence of several months.

The Rev Andrew Steer, a qualified midwife, will also look after the churches in Coniston Cold and at Kirkby in Malhamdale.

According to the church’s website, the site of St Andrew’s in Gargrave has a long history, probably dating back more than 1,000 years, and there is evidence that the church before the present one was built in 1521.

The tower is all that remains of the previous building. The present church, consecrated in 1852 by the Lord Bishop of Ripon, consists of a nave, sanctuary, north and south aisles in the early Perpendicular style to correspond to the 16th Century.

Most windows, including the clerestory, which was restored in 2004, are stained glass. They include six fine quality windows by the renowned Capronnier of Brussels - four in the chancel and one at the east end of each side aisle.

The magnificent Abbott and Smith organ is played every week and the church has a peal of eight bells which are rung on Sundays, and at weddings, by a group of enthusiasts, most of who are not members of the congregation. The group meets regularly for practice , and welcomes new members.

The church plays host to a parent and toddler group, the Caterpillar Club, which meets on Wednesday mornings, and also the Gargrave Heritage Group, which recently published a book.

Above is another one of the lovely churches we have in the Craven area, do you know which one it is? email :