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©  Krystyna Szulecka LBIPP

IoE Number: 465620
Location: CHURCH OF ST MARY, TOWN STREET (north side)
Photographer: Krystyna Szulecka LBIPP
Date Photographed: 21 May 2004
Date listed: 05 August 1976
Date of last amendment: 05 August 1976
Grade II

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LEEDSSE32NWTOWN STREET, Middleton714-1/14/986(North side)

LEEDS SE32NW TOWN STREET, Middleton 714-1/14/986 (North side) 05/08/76 Church of St Mary GV II Anglican church. 1845-46. By RD Chantrell. Coursed stone and ashlar, slate roofs. Gothic Revival style. PLAN: nave, N and S aisles, chancel and SW tower. EXTERIOR: 2-light aisle lancets, single-light lancets to chancel, buttresses and string course at sill level. 5 paired windows on N side; blocked transept window. Tripartite E window, attached columns, head stops. 5-light W window similar, arcading below. 3-stage tower has deep moulded porch, angle buttresses to lower 2 stages, 3-light belfry windows, outer lights blocked; embattled parapet. INTERIOR: tower entrance has Gothic arches to inner and outer doorways, plank doors with elaborate scrolled hinges. Nave: 5 bays, alternate octagonal and cylindrical shafts, tall chamfered arches, rafter roof. Chamfered chancel arch, chancel has rafter roof and border of cusped arches. Brass eagle lectern; plain roll-moulded bench pews, open cusped arcading to choir stalls; wooden pulpit with similar cusped open panels, altar rail similar; stone font at W end has attached columns, arcading to bowl with figures in spandrels. STAINED GLASS: east and west windows have early medieval-style stained glass with figures set in cartouches. C20 reredos has 3 panels with Magi, Resurrection and Presentation in relief. One of Robert Chantrell's later Leeds churches, before he removed to London in 1847. His later group of churches, built 1842-47, reflect his interest in the geometric principals of Gothic architecture. His buildings of this phase have been described as, 'an accomplished and assured series of Gothic essays' (Webster, p.117). The building work is reputed to have been funded by local miners who gave both labour and money; the steeple was taken down in 1939 after subsidence. (Publications of the Thoresby Society: Webster C: RD Chantrell, Architect: His Life and Work in Leeds: 1991-: 116-118; Leeds City Council Countryside Ranger Service: Middleton Park History Trail: 5).

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