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Slaithwaite – Holy Family

Commercial Street, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

A very modest Gothic design of 1914. 

The first Mass centre opened in Slaithwaite in 1907. The present church was built in 1914-15 from designs by W. H. H. Marten of Leeds. The full costs were borne by Sir Joseph and Lady Radcliffe. From 1920 until 1952 the church was combined with St Brigid Longwood, serving a single parish.  After that Slaithwaite became a separate parish but since May 2007 has been part of the new combined Huddersfield parish of The Holy Redeemer.


A modest building with a single-cell rectangular nave, small transepts and a sanctuary.  The walls are faced with local stone, the pitched roofs are covered in Welsh slate. The west gable wall has a pair of lancets; the south side of the navel has three pairs, the north side has the entrance and two pairs of lancets. There is a single lancet in each transept end and three stepped lancets in the east gable wall of the sanctuary.

The interior is equally simple, with plain plastered walls and a boarded rafter roof; the floor is carpeted, the nave has plain benches. A gallery at the west end has been enclosed to form a lobby area. The small south transept has a Lady altar. A plain pointed arch leads into the sanctuary, which was panelled out in 1958.

Heritage Details

Architect: W. H. H. Marten

Original Date: 1914

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed