The History & Architecture Of St Chad’s, Far Headingley
St.Chad’s was built the late 1860s on land which formed part of the Beckett Dennison family’s Kirkstall Grange estate. It was consecrated in January 1868.
Edmund Dennison, MP for the West Riding from 1848 to 1859 was, like many members of the Beckett family a generous supporter of the Church of England. His family had already provided 2 new churches – Holy Trinity, Meanwood and St. Simon in Ventnor Street – and his decision to build St.Chad’s must be seen in the context of Anglican renewal in mid-Victorian Leeds. Leeds was growing very quickly and many new churches and schools were being built in the suburbs. He was supported in his project by his son, the 1st Lord Grimthorpe, who, along with WH Crossland (designer of Rochdale Town Hall), designed the original building.
Photo credit – Peter Farmer
The Baptistery & the font
The baptismal font was relocated to the West End of the Nave during the re-ordering of 2011 and the baptistery converted to a creche for use by children with their carers during church services.
The baptistery was located under the Tower at the West End of the church.
The Mosaic paving, steps and rails, together with the oak panelling date from 1896 and were the gift of Revd. J. Fielding Hoyle, Vicar from 1891-96.
The West Window is in geometric – curvilinear style. It is a memorial to Mrs. Annie Cooke, donated by her children in 1914. There are four lights and, from left to right, the first two depict the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Baptism of Jesus. The remaining two deal with Pentecost and the Sacrament of Baptism.
The Font is of fine sandstone and has a circular basin standing on low clustered columns. The bowl is encircled with a belt of uniformly carved eight-petalled flowers.
These beautiful photos of St Chad’s church’s interior were taken for a previous Leeds Architecture Awards event.
Thought Of The Month
“Lord God of surprises,
we thank you that you know each one of us
and you call us to humble obedience to your will.
Give us that readiness to hear, accept and follow”
your purposes for our lives. Amen”
A prayer by Archbishop John Sentamu