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The Unitarian Church

A Grade I Listed Building in Todmorden, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.7111 / 53°42'40"N

Longitude: -2.099 / 2°5'56"W

OS Eastings: 393564

OS Northings: 423862

OS Grid: SD935238

Mapcode National: GBR FTSJ.CD

Mapcode Global: WHB8C.QZPB

Plus Code: 9C5VPW62+FC

Entry Name: The Unitarian Church

Listing Date: 22 November 1966

Last Amended: 22 February 1984

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1228988

English Heritage Legacy ID: 403730

ID on this website: 101228988

Location: Salford, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, OL14

County: Calderdale

Civil Parish: Todmorden

Built-Up Area: Todmorden

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Todmorden St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

Tagged with: Church building Gothic Revival

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5/150 The Unitarian Church
(formerly listed as
Unitarian Church,

G.V. I

Church. 1865 to 1869 by John Gibson for Samuel, John and Joshua Fielden. The
alignment of the church does not correspond to the elaborate Gothic employed.
Nave and aisles, transepts and chancel, porch to ritual west end and large tower
and spire attached to 6th bay of nave (on ritual south side) covering another
entrance. Pitch faced stone with ashlar dressings, slate roof. 7-bay nave with
2-light windows with traceried heads. Set back buttresses and string with carved
heads and flowers. Straight parapet. Ritual west end has elaborate rose window
in gable above enclosed rectangular porch. This has deeply moulded doorways in
its 3 sides. Beyond the nave, but in line with its walls are the gabled transept
facades each of 2 bays, with taller 2-light windows and spherical triangle above.
The very short one bay chancel has a large 5-light window in its end wall. 3-stage
tower with angle buttresses and 2-light belfry windows. Octagonal stone spire
connected by flyers to the pinnacles and with tall lucarnes in the principal faces.
The bottom stage forms an open porch with a palm vault with banded webbing. Tall
doorway with deeply moulded arch surrounding door and cusped mandorla with stained
glass. The church was prominently sited to form a landmark visible from Dobroyd
Castle (q.v.)

Interior: 7-bay nave with pointed arches carried on Devonshire marble columns to
arcade to aisles. Brattished rail, hammer-beam roof truss carried on marble
collonnetes. Aisles have similar arched-braced roof. Chancel arch carried on
coupled marble collonnettes. Chancel has banded stone arched roof of 5 bays.
Open arcades to chapels, now used as vestry and organ chamber, have fine lierne
vaulted roofs with banded stone enriched with carved bosses at junction of ribs.
All capitals are enriched with foliage carving.

Furnishings: Choir stalls and pews original with fine carved poppy heads and plate
tracery. Pulpit similarly carved carried on collonnettes of differing coloured
marbles. Font has similar base with carved white marble bowl. Chancel window of
stained glass by J B Capronnier (Brussels, 1868) of Scenes of the Life of Christ.
Memorial tablets in aisle to the founders. Aisles also retain original decorative
gas brackets (converted to electricity) and also candelabras to choir stalls.
The lavish decorative scheme remains intact "This church survives complete as
one of the most elaborate Non conformist churches to adopt the style and arrangements
of the Established Church during the High Gothic Revival Ken Powell, The Fall
of Zion (SAVE Britain's Heritage, 1980) unpaginated". N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West
Riding London, 1979), p.521.

Listing NGR: SD9356723861

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