Sunday, 10 April 2022

All Souls Church, New Clickasnap Uploads

All Souls Church, Haley Hill, Halifax is a redundant Anglican place of worship now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Paid for and commissioned by local social reformer and industrialist Edward Akroyd, All Souls Church was consecrated on the 2nd November 1859. The site of the church occupies a plot of land to the south west of Bankfield the home of Edward Akroyd and was said to have been chosen to block out the view of the Square Congregational Church, a nonconformist place of worship.

The Spire is is 236ft, approx 1 ft higher than the Square Congregational Church, it is the 2nd tallest spire in West Yorkshire after Wakefield Cathedral. The church remained in use until stone fell from the spire in January 1977, the church was closed soon after as the cost of repair was seen as uneconomical, for a time the church was under threat of demolition. The church was declared redundant in March 1979, repairs were undertaken in the early 1980's by the Friends of All Souls Church and National Heritage Memorial Fund and the church was transferred into trust on the 2nd August 1989. The church is now open on occasional Saturdays and Heritage Open Days. All Souls was initially granted listed status on 3 November 1954, this was amended to Grade I listed on the 23 November 1973.

These pictures were taken on the 11 August 2018 using a Nikon d3300 SLR, there are a total of 13 which can be seen below or on ClickASnap where they are full size, resolution and un-watermarked.

The spire reachers a height of 236ft, 71 metres.

The west entrance.

The south entrance, this was bordered up to stop access when the church
closed, this was considered poor and a set of gates were commissioned
to make the entrance more appealing.

The font is made of Aberdeen granite and Cornish serpentine.

All Souls Nave pictured from the choir area.

Looking from the west part of the church east towards the choir.

The rear of the church.

The Pulpit by sculptor John Birnie Phillip is made of Caen
stone and Derbyshire limestone.

All the windows in the church are stained glass, these
were produced by John Hardman, William Wailes and
Clayton & Bell.

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