St Bartholomew's Church, Armley

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St Bartholomew's Church, Armley
St Bartholomew's Church, Armley (July 2010) geograph.jpg
Coordinates: 53°47′41″N 1°35′13″W / 53.79462°N 1.58701°W / 53.79462; -1.58701
Location Leeds
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Liberal Catholic
Dedication St. Bartholomew
Consecrated 1877
Heritage designation Grade II* listed building
Architect(s) Henry Walker and Joseph Althron
Architectural type Perpendicular Gothic
Completed 1872
Construction cost £20,000 (£1,610,000 in 2015)[1]
Length 57m
Width 18m
Height 34m
Spire height 57m
Materials Horsforth sandstone
Parish Armley with New Wortley
Deanery Armley
Archdeaconry Leeds
Episcopal area Leeds
Diocese Leeds
Province York
Priest in charge Fr Michael Wood

St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley is a parish church in the Church of England in Armley, West Yorkshire. The church is one of two Church of England churches in Armley; the other being Christ Church.


The first chapel at Armley was built in 1630 but not consecrated by Richard Sterne, Archbishop of York, until 1674. In 1737 it was extended to the north, the roof was raised and a small balcony was added at the west end.

In 1825 the chapel was much enlarged through the benevolence of Benjamin Gott, a local industrial businessman with woollen mills in Leeds.

A new church was built starting in 1872 to designs by the architects Henry Walker and Joseph Althron of Leeds. It was consecrated in 1877 but the tower was not dedicated until 1904. The church is constructed of Horsforth sandstone. The old chapel was demolished in 1909.

List of vicars[edit]


The reredos erected in 1877 has alabaster carvings of the Magi, crucifixion and Old Testament figures.

The pulpit is of alabaster and marble, copied from that at the shrine of Sebaldus in St. Sebaldus Church, Nuremberg.

There is a sculpture by Joseph Gott at the west end of the north aisle to Benjamin Gott of Armley House who died in 1839. In the south aisle there is 'Faith comforting the Mourner', commemorating the two sons of Benjamin and Elizabeth Gott who died in Paris and Athens.


The organ

The church is perhaps best known for its organ. It was built by the German builder Edmund Schulze.[6] It was originally installed in Meanwood Towers in 1869. In 1877 it was inaugurated in St. Peter's Church, Harrogate. Following a dispute with the vicar, the organ installed in St. Bartholomew’s in 1879. It was rebuilt in 1905 by James Jepson Binns and other restoration work took place in 1956 by Hill, Norman and Beard, 1974 by John T. Jackson and Son and 2004 by Harrison & Harrison.

The organ has been awarded a Grade II* listing by the British Institute of Organ Studies for organs which are good representatives of the work of their builder, in substantially original condition.

A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


John Varley Roberts


  1. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  2. ^ "Obituary: Prebendary Norry McCurry - People - News - The Independent". Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  3. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 184, p.326
  4. ^ Pigot and co.'s national commercial directory for 1828-9, comprising a directory of the merchants, bankers, professional gentleman [&c.] in the counties of Cheshire, Cumberland. Reference to Rev Charles Clapham
  5. ^ The Freemasons' quarterly review 1842, reference to Rev Charles Clapham
  6. ^ The organ: a guide to its construction, history, usage and music. David Baker, Osprey Publishing, 2003
  7. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists. Frederick W. Thornsby