Historical Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Leeds

Leeds is an old, charming city with many places of worship to see and visit, each with its own history. Leeds religious buildings have been the city’s most prominent landmark for centuries. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit the city’s most visited churches.
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Historical Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Historical Religious Buildings
Guide Location: England » Leeds (See other walking tours in Leeds)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Leeds Parish Church
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • Mill Hill Chapel Unitarian
  • Methodist Church
  • St George's Church
  • St Anne's Cathedral
  • St John The Evangelist Redundant Church
  • All Souls Church
Leeds Parish Church

1) Leeds Parish Church

Leeds Parish Church is a large Church of England parish church of major architectural and liturgical significance. It has been designated a grade I listed building by English Heritage. Leeds does not have an Anglican cathedral, but the parish church has close links with the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Anne in Leeds.

The church is built in ashlar stone with slate roofs in the English Gothic style of the late 14th century, a transition from the Decorated to the Perpendicular, and is cruciform in plan. The church is 180 feet 7 inches long and 86 feet wide, its tower rises to 139 feet. The chancel and nave each have four bays of equal length with clerestories and tall aisles. The tower is situated at the centre of north aisle. Below the tower on the north side is the main entrance.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Holy Trinity Church

2) Holy Trinity Church (must see)

Holy Trinity Church is a beautiful 18th century building. Its distinctive tall clock-tower and main hall, decorated with Gothic arches and statues, have always been an important religious symbol of the city. Cultural events take place inside the church on a regular basis. Having served as a church for many years, now Holy Trinity is a prominent Leeds landmark.
Mill Hill Chapel Unitarian

3) Mill Hill Chapel Unitarian

Erected at the end of the 17th century, Mill Hill Chapel is today's home to the Unitarian religious movement established in 1662, when two thousand clergymen were ejected from the church of England. Founder of Leeds Library and the Infirmary, Joseph Priestley was one of the most eminent of the church's ministers. The Gothic style interior of the church is decorated by wooden carvings, arches, stained glass and elaborate pillars.
Methodist Church

4) Methodist Church

Located in the city centre between Town Hall and the Combined Courts, Leeds Methodist Church, which is also called the Oxford Place, is the city's home to the Methodist Mission. The Church often attracts both locals and tourists thanks to the attractive architectural features of the dome. The prominent Leeds landmark recently celebrated its 175 years since it foundation in 1835.
St George's Church

5) St George's Church

Situated in the city centre, St George's Church is a large church in the Church of England parish, built in the middle of the 19th century. Today Saint George's Church has a large congregation. People are drawn here from all over the city for regular Sunday services that focus on biblical teaching and music workshops.
St Anne's Cathedral

6) St Anne's Cathedral (must see)

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, Leeds Cathedral, also known as St Anne's Cathedral, is the Roman Catholic Cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Leeds. This beautiful Gothic Revival Cathedral was built following the destruction of the much older St. Anne's Catholic Church, located a few blocks away. The interior features rows of stone pillars that lead to the decorated high altar.
St John The Evangelist Redundant Church

7) St John The Evangelist Redundant Church

St John the Evangelist's Church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner refers to it as "the only church at Leeds of more than local interest". The church is built in ashlar stone, and has a grey slate roof. Its plan consists of a nave with a south aisle and a south porch, a chancel, and a west tower. The whole of the exterior of the church is embattled with pinnacles at the corners. Its architectural style is Perpendicular. On each side of the church are four-light Perpendicular windows, with five-light windows at the east ends of the nave and aisle, and at the west west end of the aisle. Most of the fittings are Jacobean in style, and have been described as the "glory" of the church. This applies particularly to the elaborately carved screen across the nave and the aisle. There is similarly detailed carving on the wall panels, the pews and the pulpit. Also in the church is a royal coat of arms and three brass chandeliers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
All Souls Church

8) All Souls Church

All Souls Church was built in 1880 in one of the poorest district of Leeds – the Leyland, as a memorial to Vicar of Leeds Dr. W. F. Hook. The Church was designed by English architect George Gilbert Scott. All Souls Church gained its popularity for the attractive architectural and decorative features such as the stunning tower, stained glass windows, religious paintings, high altar and old organ.

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