St. Bartholomew, Marsden

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  • location: off Church Lane, Marsden
  • status: still exists
  • category: church

The first chapel of ease was built in the mid-1400s and could reportedly seat 311 people. A second chapel was built in 1758[1] at a cost of £1,145.[2]

Yorkshire Post (20/Oct/1866)

The foundations of the current church were commenced in 1866 but work ground to a halt following a dispute between the contractor and the church committee over the spiraling costs — the foundations alone had taken up around £2,800 of the available £4,000 of subscribed funds. The abandoned church was designed by architect William Henry Crossland.

Work finally started again in the early 1890s to a joint design by archtects James Sheard Kirk of Huddersfield and C. Hodgson Fowler[3] of Durham. The new church was consecrated on Saturday 12 October 1895 by the Bishop of Wakefield.[4]

The corner stones of the chancel were laid on Saturday 25 June 1898. The work was carried out by masons Messrs. S. & J. Whitehead of Oldham.[5]

The church's tower was completed in 1911 and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Halifax, Canon W. Foxley Norris, on Saturday 6 May 1911. The total reported cost of the church was £16,500.[6]

Historic England Listing

  • Grade II
  • first listed 25 May 1966
  • listing entry number 1276629

CHURCH LANE. Marsden. Church of St Bartholomew. 1895. Large Neo-perpendicular church by C. Hodgson Fowler. Tower added 1911. Hammer dressed stone with ashlar dressings. Pitched slate roof. Four-tier west tower. Five-bay nave with clerestory and lean-to buttressed aisles. Three-bay chancel with lean-to chapel on south side and vestry to north side. South and north porches. Large 3-light traceried aisle windows with similar 2-light windows to clerestory numbering two per bay. Large 5-light traceried east window. Large traceried west window. West tower with four reducing tiers and reducing angle buttresses. Clock face to four sides. Large louvred, traceried bell chamber openings. Crenellated parapet with crocketted pinnacles. Interior: 5-bay arcade to north and south on quatrefoil piers. Tall chancel arch on similar responds. Chancel screen and road loft in well carved oak by J.H. Gibbons F.R.I.B.A. of Manchester and London, executed by Messrs Boulton & Co. of Cheltenham, dedicated in 1913. Carved oak reveals and painted panel by Hildred Harpin A.F.I.C.A. Octagonal font with canopy, 1895, restored 1968.



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Further Reading



Notes and References

  1. Yorkshire Returns of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship: Volume 3, West Riding (South) (2000) edited by John Wolffe.
  2. Marsden - Then and Now: A Photographic Journey (2008) by Marsden History Group.
  3. Wikipedia: C. Hodgson Fowler.
  4. "Marsden New Church" in Huddersfield Chronicle (14/Oct/1895).
  5. "New Chancel for Marsden Church" in Huddersfield Chronicle (27/Jun/1898).
  6. "Marsden Church Dedication" in Leeds Mercury (08/May/1911).