St. Luke's Church, Milnsbridge

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Details

  • appears on maps: 1890 [#872]
  • location on map: off Deep Lane, Milnsbridge
  • status: still exists
  • category: church
  • architect: William Wallen (1807-1888)
  • notes: consecrated on 25 September 1845, marked as "seats for 800" on 1890 map, now disused

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Historic England Listing

  • Grade II
  • first listed 29 September 1978
  • listing entry number 1313530
DEEP LANE, MILNSBRIDGE (South side). FORMER CHURCH OF ST LUKE.

Formerly listed as:

  • MANCHESTER ROAD MILNSBRIDGE CHURCH OF ST LUKE
  • DEEP LANE MILNSBRIDGE CHURCH OF ST LUKE

Parish church of 1845 by W. Wallen, redundant since 1982.

MATERIALS: Coursed and hammer-dressed sandstone with freestone dressings, slate roofs.

PLAN: Nave with lower apsidal chancel.

EXTERIOR: Neo-Norman style with a tall and wide nave designed to accommodate a 3-sided gallery. The nave is 5 bays and has windows in recessed surrounds with sill band, pilasters and pseudo-machicolations. Round-headed windows have colonnettes with scalloped capitals, and an impost band carried over the windows as hood moulds. The north doorway is in a projecting surround, with 2 orders of shafts to roll-moulded arches and chevrons to the label. Above the doorway are high-relief representations of Agnus Dei, crossed keys and a bishop's mitre. The west wall has a large modern 5-part window of c1965. The lower apse has recessed panels and windows similar to the nave.

INTERIOR: Not accessible at the time of survey (June 2009). It originally had a rib-vaulted chancel. Chancel and apse arches are said to be on semi-circular responds with scallop capitals. There were a number of memorials within, including one to James Armitage (d.1803), shot by hostile natives in the River Waikato, New Zealand.

SUBSIDARY FEATURES: The churchyard is entered through a Gothic gateway.

HISTORY: Parish church built in 1843-46 by William Wallen (1807-53), architect of Huddersfield. Wallen built several other churches in the locality, usually in a simple Gothic style. The neo-Norman style was therefore a departure for the architect although the interior with its galleries was more typical of his church work. Redundant since 1982, and used for storage in recent years.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The former church of St Luke, Milnsbridge, is listed Grade II for the following principal reasons:

  • The church is built in the neo-Norman style that was fashionable in the 1840s, and retains its external character and detail.
  • It is prominently sited above Manchester Road and, as such, is typical of churches of the C19 in Huddersfield that were carefully exploited to occupy commanding positions.

Location

St. Luke's Church, Milnsbridge

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This page was last modified on 28 June 2017 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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