Churches in the Parish of Great Snaith.

The Church of England has places of worship in Cowick, Hensall, Pollington, Snaith and Heck.

There are Methodist churches in Carlton, Snaith and Hensall, and a Roman Catholic church in Carlton.

Times of services are published in Gateway magazine.

The Great Snaith church magazine (The Link) ceased publication in June 2017.  In her closing article, the Revd Eleanor Robertshaw wrote –

” – – – we do have a Facebook page for Great Snaith ( please do ‘like’ this page and I will keep it updated with events in our churches.  For those who are not online, we publish a weekly newsletter in the parish and anyone who would like one is free to request one from me.”   (Telephone 01405 860866, or 07718 123138).

Updated March 2018.

Pollington Church.


St. John the Baptist Parish Church of Pollington-cum-Balne was built by the 7th Viscount Downe, William Henry Dawney, a British Politician. His family were responsible for the impressive house we all know as Cowick Hall. When William lost his father in 1846, he had already made a commitment to the building of churches.

The architect chosen was William Butterfield who shared Viscount Downe’s vision of the work of the church in the villages of England. The clay for the bricks was excavated at Brick Pond Farm on Balne Moor Road, just a short distance from the site. The kilns were situated in the woodland area to the rear of the pond. We are told that all three foundation stones for the local churches were all laid on the same day, 4th July 1853. Pollington-cum-Balne Church was completed and consecrated by Dr. Musgrave, Archbishop of York on 14th November 1854. 

Lord Downe was responsible for partial furnishing of the church and vicarage. He also furnished the school house at what was said to have cost the grand sum of ten pounds!

(Following a number of strange experiences in the School house, it could be that Lord Downe is still keeping an eye on his interests!)


The first vicar was the Rev. G.F.Pearson from Beverley.

The Rector today is the Revd. Eleanor Robertshaw.

Updated  June 2017.