St Chad's Church, Far Headingley

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St Chad's Church, Far Headingley
St Chads Church Far Headingley.jpg
View of church from the east
St Chad's Church, Far Headingley is located in West Yorkshire
St Chad's Church, Far Headingley
St Chad's Church, Far Headingley
Church location shown within West Yorkshire
53°49′41″N 1°35′10″W / 53.8281°N 1.5860°W / 53.8281; -1.5860Coordinates: 53°49′41″N 1°35′10″W / 53.8281°N 1.5860°W / 53.8281; -1.5860
Location Otley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS165JT
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Chad
Consecrated 1868
Status Active
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Architect(s) Edmund Beckett Denison and W H Crossland
Completed 1868, reordered 2011
Spire height 186 feet (57 m)
Diocese Diocese of Leeds
Province Province of York
Rector The Revd Tony Whatmough
Vicar(s) The Revd Tom Lusty
Reader(s) Gill Griggs, Abbie Palmer, and Bryan Turnbull
Organist(s) Richard Wilson
Churchwarden(s) Helen Steele and Nigel Greenwood

St Chad's Church, Far Headingley is the parish church of Far Headingley in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The dedication is to Chad of Mercia, who was bishop of York and died in AD 672.

The church was built in 1868, on land given by the Beckett family of Kirkstall Grange who paid £10,000 towards it. The architects were Edmund Beckett Denison and W. H. Crossland.[1] The spire is 186 feet high.[2] The church is Grade II* listed.[3] It is set back from the busy Otley Road, with a cricket field and the parish war memorial (Grade II listed) nearer the road.

The organ was built in 1911 by Harrison & Harrison of Durham. The Creation window above the altar was designed and made by M. E. Aldrich Rope, her first large commission and one of her greatest works.

The Creation window at the "East" end by M. E. Aldrich Rope

Church life[edit]

There are two or three services every Sunday and a midweek communion service.

The church has a branch of the Mothers' Union, Scout groups for various ages, a drama group, lunch club and other social activities.

The church works with St Michael's, the parish church of the adjacent parish of Headingley, including holding early Sunday communion services alternately. Through Churches Together in Headingley the church has links with Christians of other denominations locally.

St Chad's has won an "Eco-congregation" award,[4] and in November 2007 the church won the Church Times national award for biodiversity in recognition of its wildlife-friendly churchyard.[5]


  1. ^ Wrathmell, Susan; Minnis, John (2005). Leeds. Pevsner architectural guides. Yale U.P. pp. 260–262. ISBN 0-300-10736-6. 
  2. ^ Arthur Mee (1941) The King's England: Yorkshire - West Riding (Hodder & Stoughton, London) p. 179
  3. ^ "Church of St Chad". Heritage Gateway - Listed Buildings Online. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ecocongregation". Retrieved 18 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "The greenest of them all". Church Times. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008. 

External links[edit]

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