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St Chad's Church, Far Headingley
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View of church from the East
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
History
Status Active
Dedication St Chad
Consecrated 1868
Architecture
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Architect(s) Edmund Beckett Denison and W H Crossland
Architectural type Gothic Revival
Completed 1868, modified 1911
Construction cost £10,000
Specifications
Spire height 186 feet (57 m)
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Leeds
Province Province of York
Clergy
Rector The Revd Tony Whatmough
Vicar(s) The Revd Hannah Lievesley
Laity
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 church is Grade II* listed in Gothic Revival style. The dedication is to Chad of Mercia, who was bishop of York and died in AD 672. It is set back from the busy Otley Road, with a cricket field and the parish war memorial (Grade II listed) nearer the road.

History

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. The spire is 186 feet (57 m) high.

In 1909-11 it was modified, removing the octagonal apse and replacing it with a rectangular chancel and adding a Lady chapel and an organ chamber to the sides. The organ was also built at this time, to fit into the new space. It was constructed by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, rebuilt in 1988 with electric power and refurbished in 2011, along with a reordering of the church interior. The Creation window above the altar was designed and made by M. E. Aldrich Rope in 1922.

In 2002 the Lady Chapel was renamed the Chapel of St Oswald, when St Oswald's church in Meanwood closed. A glass partition was installed.

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

Use in television

The church has been used on multiple occasions by Yorkshire Television as a filming location including for Fat Friends and At Home with the Braithwaites.

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