Three South Yorkshire establishments have been selected in a list of the UK’s favourite churches.
St Nicholas’ Church in High Bradfield, All Saints’ Church in Totley and St Mary Magdalene Church in Campsall have all been chosen in the top 60 list, which was chosen by leaders from the worlds of politics, entertainment and academia.
The survey was carried out by the National Churches Trust to mark its 60th anniversary.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband and BBC Sheffield presenter Rony Robinson were among those asked to choose their favourite.
Mr Clegg, who chose St Nicholas Church, said: “The church is still an integral part of village life, regularly hosting community events such as the Bradfield Music Festival, which I have been lucky enough to attend in the past.”
The Rector of Bradfield Church, Revd Alan Isaacson said: “St Nicholas’ Church is a rare gem. It is a very fine building in a very beautiful setting.
“It is still an active centre of Christian worship for the area and is treasured by the local community, and many from further afield. It is a place where people find peace, inspiration, and hope.”
Mr Milliband, who chose St Mary Magdalene, said: “I am proud to have St Mary Magdalene Church in my constituency.
“It is said to be the church where Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married.
“As strong believers in redistribution the people of Doncaster North are happy to reclaim his roots.”
Rony Robinson, who describes All Saints’ as “my church”, said he chose it because of the memories he had of growing up nearby.