Churches In Bradwell


The church of St Barnabas was erected in 1868. It is a small building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave and vestry-organ chamber. An embattled tower in a decorated style was added between 1888 and 1891 at a cost of £1,004 which contains one bell and a clock given by the executors of Mr E M Wass.

The pulpit and altar rails have early 18th century carved panels, said to come from a college chapel.

Opposite the church at 15 Water Lane, Bradwell is a small cottage where Samuel Fox once lived. He was born in June 1815 and invented the paragon umbrella frame. His business flourished and moved to Sheffield where he founded the huge Stocksbridge Works. However, it is said that he never forgot his Bradwell beginnings and donated £100 towards building the church (a substantial sum at that time) and gave land for the site of the churchyard and vicarage. Samuel Fox also provided for the poor of the parish by leaving a trust fund of £1,000, the interest from which was to be allocated annually to the needy. Nearby stands St Barnabas Church School which was built in 1872.