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Report - St Pauls Church, Denholme. October 2014

santobugito

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28DL Member
#1
History of St Paul's Parish Church

Denholme was part of the Chapelry of Thornton in the Parish of Bradford whose records began in 1678. In 1826 the Church of St. Matthew, Wilsden was built and Denholme became part of this new Parish. It became a separate Parish in 1846 when St Paul’s Church was built at Denholme Gate, between Denholme and Denholme Clough. It was to serve both areas and it was thought that they would grow towards each other, with the new building at the heart. But after the building of Denholme Mills by the Fosters, Denholme expanded and left Denholme Clough behind, with the Church in an undeveloped area between. The land for the Church was given by William Buck, one of the largest landowners in the area. The building, which was completed in 1846, was designed by J B Cantrill and is Early English style with a gothic tower. It cost £3,700 which was raised partly by subscription but also by grants from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners and the Incorporated and Ripon Diocesan Societies. The east window, of beautiful stained glass, was presented by Mr Jonathan Knowles.
In 1997, soon after the 150th Anniversary, it was found that the ceiling and roof were unsafe. The church closed quickly for repairs and the congregation met, temporarily, in the Mechanics Institute. The repairs needed were found to be extensive and with great reluctance, the building and part of the churchyard were put up for sale. A final Open Air Service of Farewell was held in the new graveyard on Sunday 5th September 1999. After meeting in the temporary premises of the Mechanics Institute, in 2001 the Bradford Diocese purchased a property on Longhouse Lane, a former doctors' surgery. Despite its limitations, the building was lovingly put to use and adapted as a church. The congregation continued to meet there until August 2008 when they found a new home as part of the Shared Church.

Visit

I spotted this whilst doing a Sunday morning drive about looking for sites, spotted this was in bad state of repairs and went for a mooch, entry was easy (aided by chair being placed on each side of the compromised point of entry). Site is derp city, emptied of anything of value, some nice holes in floor and pigeon shit / feather city.

Enjoy.

Outside

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Inside of the Church

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The Bell Tower Staircase

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ACID- REFLUX

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#2
Well i"d heard it was trashed...looks like they were right :)

Nice pics though :thumb

Can smell the Pigeon Crap from here lol
 

santobugito

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#3
Well i"d heard it was trashed...looks like they were right :)

Nice pics though :thumb

Can smell the Pigeon Crap from here lol
Cheers, had the place to myself. Saw a thread from about 6 years ago and it seriously gone downhill since then. You can access the tower via a very narrow spiral staircase, but no torch on me, so couldn't see to get up. Also if you do the last section to the bell house and fall off its two holes directly below to bottom of tower (bouncing off the floors if lucky to lose speed).
 

Will Knot

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#4
Some nice pics there.....went here on a school day a couple of weeks ago......just passing and thought I would just pop in :rolleyes:

Pretty trashed to say the least......thanks for postin':thumb
 

santobugito

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#5
Some nice pics there.....went here on a school day a couple of weeks ago......just passing and thought I would just pop in :rolleyes:

Pretty trashed to say the least......thanks for postin':thumb
The roof would have been stunning back in the day, but the sad thing is that give it 20 years and the place will be pulled down due to being unsafe, the columns are already losing a lot of material, and I'd guess its a mini shower in there when raining. Reckon it would take close to 1m quid to buy (170k) and do up. Had a run of new sites (for me) recently, so gonna keep hunting.
 

Renebelle

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#6
I went last night and the place is in rack and ruin. Great place but such a shame. Easy access avail if your willing to climb!
 

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