St Peter's Church, Harrogate

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St Peter's Church, Harrogate
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St Peter's Church, Harrogate
St Peter's Church, Harrogate is located in North Yorkshire
St Peter's Church, Harrogate
St Peter's Church, Harrogate
Coordinates: 53°59′36″N 01°32′26″W / 53.99333°N 1.54056°W / 53.99333; -1.54056
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipLow church
DedicationSt Peter
DioceseDiocese of Leeds
ProvinceProvince of York
Vicar(s)The Revd Alan Garrow
Assistant priest(s)The Revd Tim Hurren
The Revd Sue Pearce
Organist/Director of musicJohn Longstaff

St Peter's Church, Harrogate is a parish church in the Church of England located in Harrogate.


The church was formed out of the parish of Christ Church, High Harrogate.

A subscription for the erection of the church was commenced and the foundation stone was laid in April, 1870. The church is of the decorated style of architecture, from a design by Mr. Hirst, of Bristol, and consists of a nave of five bays, 70 feet in length by 27 feet in breadth, with north and south aisles, each 15 feet 9 inches wide; the last bay at the eastern end of the aisle on each side projects outwards to double its former breadth, in the form of a transept, which is gabled outwardly; the chancel will be about 35 feet in length by 22 feet in breadth, terminating in a circular apse, the interior of which will be arcaded. A tower, bearing a spire, is situate at the west end of the south aisle. The living is a curacy or vicarage, the income of which is £100 a year, paid by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. The first incumbent - the Rev. L. F. W. Foote - appointed in 1870.[1]

The chancel, with a temporary nave, was consecrated on Sunday 10 September 1871 by Reverend Bishop Ryan, vicar of Bradford.[2]

List of Vicars[edit]

  • Lundy Edward William Foote 1870 - 1922
  • John Manstead Cunningham 1922 - 1937
  • Gascoigne Cecil Clare 1937 - 1947 (formerly vicar of St Edmund's, Roundhay, Leeds)
  • Roger Holford Baines 1947 - 1967
  • Andrew Neville Burn Sugden 1967 - 1987
  • Anthony Michael Shepherd 1987 - 2015
  • Alan Garrow 2016 - present


The church has a pipe organ which has evolved over a long period of time from an original organ by Edmund Schulze in 1867. This was moved to St Bartholomew's Church, Armley and a smaller organ installed in 1869. There have been restorations by Brindley & Foster, Abbott & Smith, Binns, J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd, and Prested.

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

List of organists[edit]


St Peter's has a fine ring of eight bells in the tower which were cast by John Taylor of Loughborough. They achieved a certain notoriety when they became the first tower in the United Kingdom to have an injunction made on the bells for an offence of noise pollution.


  1. ^ "The History and Topography of Harrogate and the Forest of Knaresborough" by William Grainge, 1882
  2. ^ Tadcaster Post, and General Advertiser for Grimstone North Yorkshire, England 14 September 1871: "Harrogate - Opening of a new church at Harrogate", and Western Daily Press Bristol, England 9 October 1871: "Opening of Harrogate church". There was also a much longer and more detailed article in the Knaresborough Post, soon after the event.
  3. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post - Wednesday 17 August 1892
  4. ^ Who's who in Music. Shaw Publishing. 1937. p.215
  5. ^ Dictionary of Organs and Organists, First Edition. 1912
  6. ^ Who's who in Music. Shaw Publishing. 1937. p.215