This is to explain to enquirers, especially those engaged in family history research, how to access information relating to St. Matthew's Church.

The Church currently holds very little information on its own premises. There are current registers of banns of marriage, marriages conducted, baptisms, confirmation, and funerals, but most of these relate to the present and very recent past, probably no more than 15 to 20 years.

All older material relating both to individuals and to the parish is deposited in the diocesan archive which is managed and maintained by West Yorkshire County Archive Service

WYAS, Leeds West Yorkshire Joint Service Nepshaw Lane South Morley Leeds LS27 7JQ

Tel: +44 (0)113 393 9788

If your enquiry relates to a recent event for which the Church still holds the register, we will be able to supply you with a copy of a certificate for a modest charge. If we no longer hold the register you will need to contact the Archives Service who should be able to supply you with what you require. You can contact them by phone, or at or email them at They will also be able to advise you about how to proceed with other interests or enquiries relating to your family history. This is not, on the whole, something which the Church is able to do.

The amount of material deposited with West Yorkshire Archives by the Church is quite considerable, so the more information which you are able to supply, the more likely it is that they will be able to help you find what you are looking for.

We hope that this information sheet has made the situation clearer and that you will be successful in your search. Please let us know if there is anything further we can do to assist.

Carol Smith
Parish Archivist