Archbishop of York to visit tiny North Yorks church on William Wilberforce Day

Visit to Markington - Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
Visit to Markington - Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.

Dr John Sentamu, Archbishiop of York is to visit a tiny North Yorkshire village to mark it historical links to the English leader of the anti-slave trade movement William Wilberforce.

The UK's first black archbishop will take part in a Celebration Communion Service at St Michael's in Markington, a pretty little church which was commissioned to be built by Willberforce's son.

The service, at 10.45am on Sunday, July 31, is part of a William Wilberforce Day in Markington.

The day will also include a bring-and-share picnic at 12.30pm in the grounds of Markington Hall, the historiv home of the Wilberforce family.

The hall will also host a display of rarely-seen artefacts relating to and owned by William Wilberforce.

And Markington primary school will present a display throughout the weekend of its project about William Wilberfirce.