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Christ Church

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District:
Hunslet

Meadow Lane, Christ Church (Photograph Copyright www.Leodis.net 3)

Religion:
Church of England
Consecrated:
 
Map:
Meadow Lane (1, 2, 3)
Connecting Churches:
Leeds St Peter (1, 2), Leeds St John (1) and St Barnabus Holbeck (1)
Status:
Demolished 1971 (1)
Architect & Building:

Erected 1823-5 (1)

The following Description from the '1893 Kelly's Directory of Leeds, Sheffield and Rotherham' (2) Christ Church is an ecclesiastical parish, formed May 3rd, 1801, out of St. Peter. The church, situated in Meadow Lane, is an edifice of Bramley Fall stone in the Decorated style of the fourteenth century, from designs by Mr. R. D. CHANTRELL, architect, and was erected in 1823-6 (2,3), at a cost of about £10,457(2) (Leodis quote £13,500 (3), being the first church in Leeds under the parliamentary grant of £1,000,000 (2,3) for church extension: it consists of quasi-chancel with vestries, nave of six bays, aisles and a western tower 127 feet in height, with angle buttresses, rising into crocketed pinnacles above an embattled and traceried parapet; the tower contains a clock and 2 bells: the whole exterior is embattled, and divided into bays by buttresses surmounted by crocketed pinnacles, and over the west doorway are the arms of the see of York, impaling those of Archbishop Harcourt, and the arms of Leeds: the chancel is former by inclosing the two easternmost bays with tall open screen work, partially glazed; it contains choir stalls, and is separated from the nave by a dwarf stone wall, with wrought iron work; this rises at its northern end into a desk-pulpit, reached by steps from within: the sacrarium has oak sedilia, credence and chairs: the east and of the north aisle forms a side chapel, completely fitted and having a panelled wood reredos, with a painting of "The Crucifixion"; the corresponding portion of the south aisle serves as a vestry and organ chamber, and at the west end is a choir vestry, and above it a large gallery: the altar-piece a painting by W. BROCKEDON, of "Our Lord instituting the Last Supper," was presented by, the late Alderman George BANKS, and cost £100: the font, of Caen stone, designed by the late G. B. STREET esq. R.A. was given by Messrs. Thomas and Henry HARRISON in memory of their mother; and the communion service books and oakcredence table were purchased with the alms received from poor widows attending the communicant class during the incumbency of the Rev. W. C.. BARWIS: there is an eagle lectern of oak and an organ built in 1884 at a cost of £700; the stained east window was presented in 1884, at a cost of £300, by Col, John Thomas NORTH, of Eltham, Kent, in memory of his father James NORTH, some time warden of this church, who died in 1861, and his brother, Henry NORTH, d. 1883; there are other memorial windows to the Rev. Henry Edmund PHILLIPS B.A. late vicar, who died 15th June,.1860; to the Rev. Thos. Hy. WHITEHEAD M.A. a former curate, d. 1885, with the arms of Cambridge University and St. John's College, John BLEASDALE, of Hunslet Lane, d. 1867, erected by his daughter, Sarah MITCHELL; Elizabeth, wife of Thomas PICKLES, d. 1883; William SMITH, of Learings, near Halifax, d. 1867, and Hanna, his wife, d. 1866 erected by the Rev. J. G. SMITH, vicar; Samuel HALL, of Park Field House, d. 1865, erected by his brother, James William DYSON, parish clerk, d. 1886; Mary, relict of James North, erected by her Son, Col. NORTH; Betsy BROCKBANK, superintendent of the Church Sunday school, d. 1876, and to teachers and scholars of the same, placed by their friends and successors, most of these windows each commemorate two persons: the clock was erected in the tower in 1832, at an expense of £298 6s. 3d. defrayed by subscription: there are sittings for 800 persons, most of which are free: the enclosed space around the church is planted with trees, and neatly kept. The register dates from 1827. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £260, with residence, erected in 1862-3 in the gift of the vicar of Leeds, and held since 1891 by the Rev. Henry Alexander BUTLER, of the University of London. The endowments for building parsonage and other purposes, amounting in all to £1,450, date from July, 1862, to August 1865. The area of the parish is 130 acres; the population in 1891 was 6,219.

Records:
Christenings Marriages Where held
1827-1971 1861-1970 WYAS/L (1)
Notes:

Parish was created 1837 from Leeds St Peter, demolished 1971, parish united with Leeds St John and St Barnabus Holbeck.

Bishops Transcripts CMB 1827-37 (BHIR); CB 1849-50 (WYAS/L). Copies of Extracts C 1827-37 (IGI); C 1827-37(Mf I SLC) (1)

Bibliography:
  1. Wilcox, A (M.A.M.Phil. F.R.S.A.) (1998) National Index of Parish Registers Volume II Part 3. Yorkshire West Riding, London:Society Of Genealogists
  2. 1893, Kelly's Directory of Leeds, Sheffield and Rotherham.
  3. Information obtained from the Leodis Website. Photograph (subject ID 20021017_22207278) reproduced with kind permission of www.leodis.net. The image and associated data forms a part of the Leeds Library & Information Services Local Studies Collection and are held in copyright of the Leeds Library & Information Services. Photographs may be purchased directly from the Leodis site.
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