The church of St Peter lies in rural surroundings near the junction of Church Lane, Kirkgate Lane and Slack Lane in what is now South Hiendley; Felkirk as a settlement appears to be losing or to have lost its separate identity. The church comprises nave, chancel with flanking chapels, north and south aisles and a west tower. In the churchyard there is also an Elizabethan schoolroom now converted into a church hall.
The church is mostly 15thc and 16thc but incorporates a large number of reused 12thc architectural fragments. These include the jambs of the present tower arch (Ryder 1991, 24) and a reset windowhead. There is herringbone walling in situ (Ryder 1991, fig. 34) on SE angle of the nave. The interior walls have been heavily retooled, probably during that restoration. A faculty of 1875 gives a plan of the church (Borthwick Institute York Fac. 1875/3)
The tower arch, to the level of the imposts, is early 12thc and incorporates some carving.
The village is not in Domesday Book. Swain f. Ailric granted the church of ‘Hodroyd’ to Nostell in the time of Archbishop Thurstan (1114 –1130), and his gift was confirmed by his son; Hodroyd is a place in the parish (Thompson and Clay 1933, 110). King Henry I confirmed the church of Felkirk to Nostell priory, 1121/1127, the gift of Swein f. Ailric (Farrer 1917 nos. 1428, 1435). There are faculties of 1774 to repew and to make other alterations, and of 1796 faculty to erect a gallery.
Borthwick Institute Faculty Papers, York, 1875/3
W. Farrer, Early Yorkshire Charters 3, Edinburgh, 1917.
J. E. Morris, The West Riding of Yorkshire. London, 2nd ed. (1911) 1923.
N. Pevsner, Yorkshire : West Riding. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth, 1959. 2nd. ed. revised E. Radcliffe. 1967.
J. Raine, “The Dedications of the Yorkshire Churches,” Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 2 (1873), 180-92.
P. F. Ryder, Medieval Cross Slab Grave Covers in West Yorkshire, Wakefield, 1991.
P. F. Ryder, Medieval Churches of West Yorkshire, Wakefield, 1993.
A. H. Thompson and C. T. Clay, Fasti parochiales 1, part 1, Yorkshire Archaeological Series 85 [Deanery of Doncaster part 1], Leeds 1933.