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Leeds Minster Also known as St Peters Church

 

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  • Leeds Parish Church

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  • Leeds Parish Church is a complete rebuild of an earlier medieval church that had become dated and unsafe by the 19th century and was completely unable to accommodate the number of worshipers that the parish attracted.
  • The architect, Robert Dennis Chantrell, was asked to build a structure capable of holding as many people as possible and came up with this 1,600 capacity church. At that time it was the largest capacity church built in English since the life of Sir Christopher Wren.
  • One particular example of the maximisation of the interior floor-plate is the fact that the tower rather than being a traditional crossing tower is set off the northern aisles and acts as an entrance increasing the available space in the centre of the church.
  • The position of the tower to the north with its clock also allows the church to more directly address Kirkgate and allow timekeeping by travelers. This has been one of the major throughfares for Leeds for almost a thousand years and today constitutes part of the city's inner ring road.
  • Was 'promoted' from Leeds Parish Church to Leeds Minster in 2012.

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Architect
Robert Dennis Chantrell

Reference Data

Reference No.
6384
First Uploaded
12-07-2010
Last Editorial Date
18-08-2016
 

Building Location

Address
2-6 Kirkgate, Leeds. LS2 7DJ
Council
Leeds City Council
County
West Yorkshire
Region
Yorkshire and Humber
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1832
Completion date
1841
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
42.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship
Secondary Use
Clock Tower


Construction Cost
£29,770.00
Budget Date
1841

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