Sunday, 6 January 2019

All Souls Church, Halifax

All Souls Church is a Grade I listed redundant Anglican church, that comes under the management of the Churches Conservation Trust. The church overlooks Halifax from it's vantage point at Haley Hill, Halifax and it is said was built in it's location to block the view of Square Congregational Church from the home of Edward Akroyd. 

The church was commissioned by Akroyd in 1856, who also met the cost of close to £100000, and appointed Sir George Gilbert Scott as the architect. Built to accommodate over 800 worshipers the church opened in 1859 and was to form the centrepiece of Akroyds model village of Akroyden. The church remained in use until 1978, when engineers wanted to the church demolished due to the excessive cost of repairs needed. The church was declared redundant in 1979, with various groups taking responsibility for it's upkeep until October 1988 when the Redundant Churches Fund took over the management of the building.

The roof is 65ft high, with the spire reaching a height of 236ft, the 2nd highest in West Yorkshire after Wakefield Cathedral. The height was 1ft taller than the spire at Square Congregational Church (Now part of Halifax Library).

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I put this slideshow together featuring all the pictures taken at All Souls.

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