Introduction

Diocese of Leeds

The Diocese of Leeds comprises the whole of West Yorkshire, with the exception of the parish of Todmorden, together with parishes in the East Riding, North Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Below you will find 'Taking Stock' reports on the Churches and Chapels of the diocese in alphabetical order. If you can't find what you're looking, please use the search box in the top right-hand corner of this page.

Ackworth - Our Lady of Lourdes

A cruciform, simple brick building given external interest by the use of cast stone modern tracery to the windows. The interior is plain and has been marred by the introduction of a suspended ceiling.

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Addingham - (Our Lady and) English Martyrs

Modest  stone-built Arts and Crafts church in an attractive village setting. The dedication evokes the memory of three local Elizabethan martyrs.

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Airedale - St Edmund

A  representative  example  of  post-War  design,  built  just  before  the Second Vatican Council. A portal frame construction forming a single worship space, which retains much of its character and original furnishings. Its  particular value is as part of the civic centre of this essentially post-War community.

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Allerton Bywater - St John the Evangelist

A  simple  small  brick  church  of  1915  with  a  straightforward  interior much enriched recently by the current priest-in-charge. There are some First World War memorial stained glass windows.

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Baildon - St Aidan

Late Gothic Revival design of the 1930s by the Bradford architect Charles Simpson, who built widely in the parish. This dual purpose stone-built structure makes a positive contribution to the local scene.

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Bardsey - The Blessed Sacrament

An attractive small inter-War chapel of ease built in a simple Arts and Crafts style, the interior appearance marred by the suspended ceiling.

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Barnoldswick - St Joseph

A very late example of the Gothic Revival, perhaps more comparable to contemporary  Nonconformist  churches  than  Anglican  ones.  It  is  a design  of  some  individuality,  consistent  in  its   detail   and  carried through with conviction, with rich and complete furnishings and decoration.

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Batley - St Mary of the Angels

A medium-sized mid-Victorian Gothic Revival church of conventional form, whose interior is given additional interest by a number of elaborate fittings.   Unusually, the east end of the church has not been re-ordered.

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Batley Carr - St Joseph

Simple stone-built school-cum-chapel by Edward Simpson of Leeds.

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Bentham - St Boniface

A modest and simple building which serves its purpose but is not of any architectural distinction.

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Bingley - Sacred Heart

Attractive group of church, former school and presbytery that fits well into the Victorian street scene; the buildings are of local interest.

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Birstall - St Patrick

A typical  church of the late 1960s, the exterior given interest by  the variety of wall-planes and coloured facing materials.

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Bishop Thornton - St Joseph

The oldest surviving purpose-built church still in use in the Diocese of Leeds. The presbytery was built first, about the time of  the  Catholic Relief Act of 1791. The attached church was built about 20 years later, displaying the reticent Nonconformist character typical of Catholic church building in the early 19th  century. The building is of particular interest for its age and for its historical associations; its interior retains its historic character and ambience, but few early furnishings.

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Bradford - First Martyrs

First Martyrs is of outstanding significance for its central liturgical planning; the first such example in the country. Externally, the neo-Romanesque design is unremarkable, fitting discreetly into the street scene. Internally, a boldly cantilevered dome sits over the central altar. The latter belongs to a sensitive 1970s re-ordering, carried out by the son of the original architect. Significant furnishings include a statue of St John Bosco, by Eric Gill.

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Bradford - Immaculate Conception

A simple building with a calm devotional atmosphere inside but of no great architectural or townscape importance.

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Bradford - Our Lady and St Peter

A bold and individual example of the popular Early Christian/Byzantine style of Catholic church building popularised by Westminster Cathedral and enjoying a vogue during the inter-war period. Of large scale but consistent and fairly plain in its detailing. The alterations of the 1950s and the re-ordering of the 1970s are sympathetic and of good quality.

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Bradford - Sacred Heart

A modest example of a village church, designed in traditional style by Charles Simpson, and with a little altered interior with intact sanctuary fittings.

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Bradford - St Clare

A good Post-War church in the tradition of the Byzantine-influenced style  which  persisted  from  the  early  20th   century  up  until  the  early 1960s. Well-proportioned exterior and well-detailed interior, marred by the alterations to the sanctuary.

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Bradford - St Columba

An architecturally unexceptional 1950s church and example of the work of the fairly prolific Catholic church architect, Jack Langtry-Langton, but not one of his more interesting churches.

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Bradford - St Cuthbert

A good example of a Victorian suburban church, which contributes positively to the street scene and is important for a fine collection of Eric Gill sculpture.

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