The history of the church building started in 1865, when the incumbent of Horsforth parish was the Rev. W.H.B. Stocker. He, the parishioners and the patron of the living, Walter Spencer Stanhope, deemed the old Bell Chapel on The Green in Horsforth to be far too small to accommodate the size of the congregation. The Patron gave land for a new church.
Model of Bell Chapel
in Horsforth museum.
You can see the land the Bell church was on here..
A lack of funds and enthusiasm caused long delay before the present church was actually built. Its designer, John L. Pearson, was architect also of Truro Cathedral and several churches in West Riding. The nave and chancel were completed and dedicated in 1883. The belfry, spire and porches were added later and dedicated in September 1901. thus, the full church building took over 36 years to complete.( link)
The first impression on entering the building is of light and space, helped greatly by the ten tinted clerestory windows, high above the nave.
The reredos is an interesting and extravagant piece of Edwardian sculpture designed by
F.L. Pearson, son of the architect, it portrays our risen Lord triumphantly proclaiming the glorious truth of the resurrection.
The organ has been restored several times, but the original casing made of Austrian oak is still in place. A local craftsman, Mr Arthur Shaw, made it in 1905.
A children's table and chairs donated from a school, has mice carved in one leg on the chairs and one under the table.
Mice on a book case and another table.
The tower can be seen for miles around, the bells don't ring anymore but a recording is sounded for the time. I am not sure what the wooden slats are for.
From the outside the church is very impressive, the tower and it's presents. The inside feels very new and modern. They are a very active church with many groups and events going on all the time.
Leaflets on the history of the church available ( notes I have used throughout)