Halifax Minster by fishers

Halifax Minster

Just a short distance downhill from the Piece Hall in Halifax is this attractive church, now known as Halifax Minster.

Halifax Minster is dedicated to St John the Baptist. It is thought to be the third church on this site, and it includes stonework from earlier periods. The current church was built in stages beginning in the 12th century, with most of it completed around 1438. It was built by Benedictine monks from Cluny, The tower was erected between 1449 and 1482; and two side chapels, the Rokeby and Holdsworth Chapels – originally chantry chapels – were completed by about 1535. Jacobean box pews are a prominent feature of the Minster, and most of those in the nave date from 1633 to 1635. In 1878 and 1879 a great internal restoration of the church took place, under the leadership of Vicar Francis Pigou (1875–88). This involved the removal of obtrusive galleries, and plaster from the internal walls. The church houses an organ, built in 1763 and installed in 1766, built by John Snetzler. The organ has been enlarged several times in the 19th and 20th centuries and completely rebuilt in 1928 by Harrison & Harrison of Durham.

On entering this church there is a warm welcome from the stewards. They provide visitors with a leaflet showing the main features of the church, and the two stewards there when I visited were very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions.

Ian

Wow, quite the history lesson. You must have been in awe
January 25th, 2020  
nice
January 25th, 2020  
What a lovely minster, the stonework is a lovely colour and the church looks pristine, so shiny and clean. Thanks for the info on the history too, the stewards sound very proud of their church and happy to share their knowledge.
January 25th, 2020  
impressive church and history, Happy to hear the stewards were helpful and knowledgeable. Always important
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January 25th, 2020  
Outstanding capture with wonderful repetition, architectural details, lighting
January 25th, 2020  
Gem
Wow. Beautiful and great history :)
January 25th, 2020  
Great capture of this beautiful church interior. Fav.
January 25th, 2020  
That’s a nice looking church
January 26th, 2020  
An instant fav. Definitely going on my list of places to visit.
January 26th, 2020  
Beautiful shot and church interior and a great history lesson. I am intrigued to know what that thing that looks like a tower steeple is - could it be the church pulpit?
January 26th, 2020  
gorgeous. Thank you for sharing Best to you and Katharine fav
January 26th, 2020  
Beautiful!
January 26th, 2020  
@cathrinemitch @pdulis @pattyblue @ninaganci @seattlite @gemmag @pyrrhula @kjarn @peadar @sangwann @lizzybean @davinicigirl9

Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much appreciated.

Halifax was an interesting place to visit with much nice architecture, although it did have a historic dark side as you can see in my next post.

Dione, what you can see is a rather elaborate font cover. The stone font can be seen below it, and it currently has a flower display on it. The font cover hangs from a chain and can easily be raised and lowered. This website shows photos of some interesting examples - https://www.britainexpress.com/church-history.htm?term=Font+cover

Ian
January 26th, 2020  
@lizzybean

Thank you Lizzy - I hope that you are keeping well?

Ian
January 26th, 2020  
very impressive church and history
January 26th, 2020  
God's house in God's own country
January 26th, 2020  
I do enjoy the history and architecture. There is nothing near that old in California. Mission San Juan Capistrano is believed to contain the oldest surviving building in California. The Sierra Chapel was built in 1782.
January 28th, 2020  
@judithtb @tonyrogers @gardenfolk

Thank you all for your lovely comments. I really enjoyed my visit to this church. So much there to see and learn about.

Ian
January 28th, 2020  
Impressive church and history.
February 2nd, 2020  
@vesna0210

Thank you Vesna - it was nice to explore this church that I had not visited before.

Ian
February 3rd, 2020  
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