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St Peter's Church, Sowerby, Halifax

A view inside the historic hidden gem, Church of St Peter in Sowerby, which had thrown its doors open to the public as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.

This church is celebrating its 250th anniversary, as it opened in 1766, and is one of the best-preserved examples of Georgian church architecture in the North of England. I understand it was modeled on Holy Trinity Church in Leeds. Work was started in 1762 to replace an older church building which was adjacent, and some components from the previous church, such as crossbeams, were repurposed and reused here.

The plasterwork, including the royal coat of arms, is of particular note; as are the stained glass windows. There are some curious features too… the doors above the gallery are fake, and were added by a television production company. The door at the end of the nave caught my eye as it's slightly offset from the main nave and aisle sightline; no one was entirely sure why.

On a sunny September the building was wonderfully lit, and the volunteers on duty were cheerful and full of information. A great building to check out if you have the chance

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Copyright: Joby Catto
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13712x6856
Taken: 11/09/2016
Uploaded: 12/09/2016
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: church; historic; heritage; georgian; ecclesiastic; anglican; worship; yorkshire; west riding; plaster; stucco; peace; interior; architecture; chancel; ryburn; calderdale; west yorkshire; village; stone
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