St Matthew’s Church, Morley is a Grade I listed building and features in Simon Jenkins’ book ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’. The oldest part of the church dates back to the 13th century and is noted for its ancient stained glass windows (removed from Dale Abbey at the Dissolution of the Monasteries), memorial brasses and medieval tiles.
The church has a wealth of tombs and memorial tablets dedicated to the Stathum, Sacheverell, Bateman, Sitwell and Wilmot families. It has links with the Sitwell family of Renishaw, and there are both Sitwell and Wilmot vaults in the churchyard. The Sacheverell Bateman Mausoleum is also situated in the churchyard, as is the grave of eminent local botanist Joseph Whittaker.
Church Lane is on the ancient Portway, and there is a Butter Cross at the entrance to the church grounds. There are many local footpaths in the area making Morley a popular venue for walkers.
Please note that there are two disabled car parking spaces at the top of the church car park and full wheelchair access to a toilet in the rear of the churchyard.