St Peter's Church, Stanley, West Yorkshire facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsSt Peter's Church
|Church of Saint Peter|
|Location||Aberford Road, Stanley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire|
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Heritage designation||Grade II listed building|
The church was built between 1821 and 1824 by a design to Peter Atkinson Junior and was rebuilt between 1911-13. The original construction costs were £12,000. Much of the building was destroyed in a fire on 18 February 1911, which left only the walls standing. The church was rebuilt and opened in July 1913.
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The church was of ashlar with a Welsh slate roof. There were twin four stage octagonal towers to the west side of and the church had a six-bay nave and a two-bay nave. A vestry was later added to the south side of the church. There was an external access to the crypt.
There is a tall nave with six-bay arcades. The aisle and chancel roofs had wooden vaulting. There was a south chapel which sat separate to the main chapel. The church had a carved stone fault with an oak cover added in 1916 and a decorated tracery with a crocketed spire.
Closure and demolition
After the diocese of Wakefield realised it would require £1 million of repairs to make the building safe the decision was taken to close the church in 2001. After a deal between the diocese and a developer fell through and a public consultation took place a decision was taken to demolish the building. Campaigners fought to preserve the building and called for Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles to order a public inquiry, however this wasn't to happen. The Victorian Society and the Ancient Monuments Society also called for the buildings preservation. A controversy arose after 16 misericords depicting the 16 stages of creation carved by HP Jackson in the 1920s were removed by contractors and later turned up on eBay and at a London dealer.
The church relocated to its former church centre on Lake Lock Road in December 2001. The current premises are much smaller than the original church.
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