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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More