SE2126 : St Peter, Birstall - west end

taken 1 year ago, near to Birstall Smithies, Kirklees, Great Britain

St Peter, Birstall - west end
St Peter, Birstall - west end
This view shows the mediaeval tower, and the unusually wide building, consisting of central nave, and inner and outer aisles each side, with north and south porches.

The tower is 12th and 15th centuries. The remainder of the church was built 1863-70 by W H Crossland. It is listed grade 2* (list entry 1134648).
Saint Peter's Church, Kirkgate, Birstall
The present building is the fourth stone church to occupy the site. The first stone church was built around 1100 AD and the lower part of the tower is all that remains of that building today. It was extended between 1320 and 1390. From that period the church has a Norman font, holy water stoops, part of a grave slab and the tombstones of three Knights Hospitallers.

In 1490 the church was rebuilt again. There were various changes and additions until the present church was built between 1865 and 1870.

The Rev W. M. Heald, vicar of Birstall, inspired Charlotte Bronte's character the Rector Mr Hall in her novel Shirley published in 1849.

There are numerous carvings and artefacts of great historical interest in the church.
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Date Taken
Monday, 31 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 1 August, 2017
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Religious sites 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2184 2617 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:43.8883N 1:40.2259W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2181 2615
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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