Church of St Mary, Ingleton, North Yorkshire

Church of St Mary, Ingleton

The church of St. Mary the Virgin has frequently been rebuilt and most of the present building, with the exception of the 15th century tower, dates from 1886. Perhaps the major claim to fame of Ingleton’s church has nothing to do with architecture, but everything to do with literature. It seems that writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle combined the last name of Reverend Sherlock, rector of Ingleton in the 1870s, with that of Reverend Holmes of nearby Mason Gill, to create his fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was married at nearby Thornton and his mother lived at Mason Gill.

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