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Church of St Stephen

A Grade II* Listed Building in Halifax, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.6973 / 53°41'50"N

Longitude: -1.8731 / 1°52'23"W

OS Eastings: 408473

OS Northings: 422321

OS Grid: SE084223

Mapcode National: GBR HTCP.8C

Mapcode Global: WHC9T.6B9G

Entry Name: Church of St Stephen

Listing Date: 6 June 1983

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1133985

English Heritage Legacy ID: 338495

Location: Calderdale, HX4

County: Calderdale

Electoral Ward/Division: Skircoat

Built-Up Area: Halifax

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Halifax All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

SE 084223
1/71 Church of St Stephen


Church, 1863 by W. H. Crossland for Col. Edward Akroyd. Dressed stone, slate
roof. Nave, chancel, aisles, south porch and transeptal chapel. Heavy offset
buttresses to west front and between nave and chancel. Nave is of 5 bays with
extremely steep roof. Clerestorey lancets and tall 4-light window in a free
Early English style to west front above which is a roundel with figure of patron
saint in high relief. The aisles have pierced trefoil parapet and bays
separated by pinnacled buttresses. Each bay has 3 cinquefoil windows with hood
moulds and decorative stops. South porch in western bay of nave has pointed
relieving arch and decorated segmental tympanum. Gable over with damaged figure
in niche. North transept with 2 lancets and large quatrefoil window over. Tall
chimney with coupled stack rising from wall. Chancel is roofed continuously
with the nave but a bellcote with paired openings stands over the join. The
chancel has a 5 sided apse with tall lancets with colonnettes in each face. On
south side small vestry with cusped headed priest's door. The whole has
decorative hoodmould stops and much grotesque carving.

Interior: wide nave with waggon roof with differing arcades. That on the south
side has moulded arches carried on cylindrical piers. On north side unmoulded
arches carried on clustered colonnettes on square bases. The capitals carved
throughout. The chancel arch carried on corbelled marbelled shafts. The
chancel is tunnel vaulted with moulded ribs forming a star over the apse;
foliated string beneath the windows and much shafting. Heavy arch to North
transept which is filled by the organ. Above this a two bay arcade at
clerestorey level. The lavish decorative scheme survives in part, chiefly
paintings of saints on south wall of chancel and stenciling to lean-to ceilings
of aisles. Other fittings include richly decorated pulpit with mosaic panels;
wrought iron chancel rail and gates. Reredos with mosaic and good stained glass
in west window and apse. 'The Building News', Vol. 7 (August 1861), p.649.
'The Ecclesiologist', Vol. XXIII (1865) P.368. R. A. Carter 'Guide to Yorkshire
Churches', (Idle, 1976), p.20.

Listing NGR: SE0847322321

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