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St Wilfred’s Church, Brayton
Grid reference: SE600305
Location: 53°46’6"N, 1°5’26"W
Population: 5,299  (2011)
Post town: Selby
Postcode: YO8
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Brayton is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the Yorkshire Dales a mile south of Selby. The parish includes some of south-western Selby, as well as the village of Brayton.

The 2011 Census recorded a parish population of 5,299.

Brayton is almost entirely residential, with the exception of a few local shops, including a butcher’s and a post office.


Doncaster Road, Brayton
  • Church of England: St Wilfrid’s
  • Methodist: Brayton Methodist Church

St Wilfrids, the Church of England parish church, dates from the 12th to the 15th centuries with 19th-century alterations and stained glass. It is a Grade I listed building.[1] Within the church is a tomb to Lord D'Arcy (died 1558), and his wife, its effigies damaged during the 17th-century Interregnum.

The Methodist chapel was built in 1844, extended in 1961 and the 1961 extension re-developed in 1994. It is reputed that John Wesley, the founder of Methodism who travel widely throughout the country, preached on the original Village Green (the triangle adjacent to the chapel) but there is no documentary evidence to prove this. Being a small person, it is also reputed that he stood on a chair in order to be seen, and the chair, with an appropriate plaque has been the pulpit chair in the chapel since the chapel was built.

Outside links

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about Brayton)


  1. National Heritage List 1132537: Church of St Wilfred (Grade I listing)