St Edward King & Confessor, Clifford John Sparshatt

St Edward King & Confessor

The largest church in Clifford, St Edward's was built between 1845 and 1848 in the Romanesque style.

Clifford, Yorkshire

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High Street
LS23 6HJ

It was constructed of ashlar limestone with a green slate roof; this Catholic church was established to serve the growing population of Irish workers who came to work in the local flax mill, beginning in about 1831.

The imposing 5 stage west tower, complete with buttresses, was finished in 1866-67 and culminates in a pyramid shaped ashlar roof and a finial. The base of the tower is open and has massive round arches open on three sides, making a very grand entrance to the church.

A mysterious looking ground level door in one of the pillars supporting the tower reveals a square stair turret (becoming cylindrical) that goes all the way up to the fifth stage and is topped with a rather graceful conical roof.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Roman Catholic Church

  • Maintenance Grant, £3,000, 2018

  • Our Maintenance Grants funded urgent maintenance projects to help keep churches open.

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