Open but Closed!
St. John the Evangelist is the oldest church in the centre of Leeds and it was constructed between 1632-1634. It was restored in 1868 but all the main features were preserved. That is to no avail now as the church pews are empty and the church deconsecrated. So it is closed as a church but open as a tourist attraction and art space. The Tudor fish and chip shop known to millions as Nash’s was just behind St John the Evangelist and were it not now also closed it would have been a good place to have lunch after a quick visit to this well preserved 17th century building.
It seems quirky to me to have a web site for derilict churches but this church caught my eye due to the history and provenance of Mount St Mary’s Irish Famine Church. The architect was Joseph Hansom who also created the Hansom cab abd parts were designed by E.W. Pugin who also designed the Houses of Parliament. ‘Mount Saint Mary’s stands in a district of Leeds traditionally known as ‘The Bank’. This high ground dominates Leeds and had originally been used as farmland but by the late 1840′s it had developed into an industrial area densely packed with mills and workshops whose tall chimneys billowed out smoke which all but obliterated the sun and choked the air.By this time, The Bank also became home to a large community of Irish Catholic families who had emigrated to Leeds to seek work building canals and railways and as millworkers. ‘
2012 Update Churches Conservation Trust
Summer Early Music lunchtime concerts 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Sat, Jun 2nd Renaissance Vocal Music, Renaissance Voices
Tue, Jun 12th Baroque Instrumental Music, Essercizi Musici
Sat, Jun 16th Renaissance and Baroque Music, Musicke in the Ayre
Tue, Jun 19th Renaissance Music for Viols, The Manton Consort
Tue, Jun 26th Lute Songs, Anna Keightley and Peter Bull
Sat, Jun 30th The Renaissance Town Band, The Leeds Waits