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Church of St Mary and St Alkelda, Middleham
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Location Church Street, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4PQ
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Previous denomination Roman Catholic Church
Status Active
Functional status Parish church
Years built 13th century
Capacity 200
Parish Middleham with Coverdale and East Witton and Thornton Steward
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven
Diocese Diocese of Leeds

The Church of St Mary and St Alkelda is a Church of England parish church in Middleham, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire. The church is a grade I listed building, and it dates from the 13th century.


The church was made a collegiate church in 1477 by Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III). Richard III's young son and heir, Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales, may possibly have been buried in the church after his death nearby in Middleham Castle in 1484. The collegiate body of the church consisted of a dean, six chaplains, four clerks and six choristers. The post of dean was replaced by rector in 1840. The church was a Royal Peculiar until 1845.

On 15 February 1967, the church was designated a Grade I listed building.

Present day

Today, the church is part of the benefice of "Middleham w Coverdale and E Witton and Thornton St" in the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven of the Diocese of Leeds.

The parish stands in the Conservative Evangelical tradition of the Church of England. The benefice has not passed resolutions rejecting the ordination of women.

Notable clergy

  • Harry Topham, clergyman and cricketer, served as rector from 1903 to 1925
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