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.