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Saltaire United Reformed Church

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OS grid reference  SE 138 381
Reference no.  1314229
Architectural style  Italianate architecture
Built  1858–1859
Phone  +44 1274 593932
Designated as world heritage site  22 November 1966
Saltaire United Reformed Church
Location  Saltaire, West Yorkshire
Address  Victoria Road, Saltaire BD18 3LF, United Kingdom
Architects  Henry Francis Lockwood, William Mawson
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Saltaire United Reformed Church (originally Saltaire Congregational Church) is a church at Saltaire, West Yorkshire, England. Commissioned and paid for by Titus Salt in the mid 19th century, the church is a Grade I listed building and sits within the Saltaire World Heritage Site.

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History

When Titus Salt, a devoted member of the Congregational church, commenced the design and construction of his model village at Saltaire, a Congregational church was the first public building commissioned. Salt donated the land and paid for the cost of the church himself, a cost of £16,000 (equivalent to £1,452,182 in 2015).

The church was designed, as was the rest of Saltaire, by the Bradford-based architect partnership of Lockwood and Mawson in the Italianate Classical style.

Since 1972 the Church has been known as Saltaire United Reformed Church following the merger of Congregational Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England.

Description

The foundation stone of the church was laid by Caroline Salt (wife of Titus) in 1856 and opened in 1859. Built from local stone with an ashlar finish. The nave has no aisle and on the western end has a semi-circular portico. The portico is topped by a round tower with a clock at each quarter and above that an octagonal array of columns with a dome. The main part of the church is roofed with Welsh slate and has large plain windows. The organ was an 1890 addition and was built by Huddersfield firm Conacher and Co and subsequently rebuilt twice. A pair of large chandeliers, originally gas lit, hang on the centre line of the nave ceiling. On the south side of the nave is the Salt family mausoleum where Sir Titus Salt was buried after his death in 1876.

References

Saltaire United Reformed Church Wikipedia


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