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Mill Hill Chapel

A Grade II* Listed Building in City and Hunslet, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.7967 / 53°47'48"N

Longitude: -1.5465 / 1°32'47"W

OS Eastings: 429966

OS Northings: 433476

OS Grid: SE299334

Mapcode National: GBR BJL.CR

Mapcode Global: WHC9D.6TTQ

Entry Name: Mill Hill Chapel

Listing Date: 26 September 1963

Last Amended: 11 September 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375430

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466326

Location: Leeds, LS1

County: Leeds

Electoral Ward/Division: City and Hunslet

Built-Up Area: Leeds

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Leeds City

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text


714-1/77/303 (East side)
26/09/63 Mill Hill Chapel
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Mill Hill Chapel (Unitarian)
(including churchyard wall and
gateway to east))


Unitarian chapel. 1847-48. By Bowman and Crowther of
Manchester. Late C19 alterations and internal re-ordering
c1925 and 1960. Millstone grit, slate roof. Gothic Revival
style. Aligned north-south. 7 bays, the central projecting bay
is a 1-bay transept with main west entrance, vestry to NE and
east entrance from Lower Basinghall Street.
Deep moulded rebate to west entrance; 2- and 5-light traceried
Perpendicular windows with hoodmoulds, stepped buttresses
between which are carried up through the trefoil-pierced
parapets as bases for missing crocketed finials; elaborate
pierced lantern tops and finials only remain on the octagonal
buttresses flanking the south window; cross finials to gables.
INTERIOR: the west doorway opens into a lobby which has
pre-1847 wall memorial tablets and an inserted ceiling; the
6-bay nave with shallow side aisles has clustered columns and
an arch-braced roof with angels carved on the brackets and
stone corbels also carved with angels; the southern 3 bays
have been partitioned off to form a church hall with storage
loft/gallery over, c1960.
The nave has original pews with crocketed finials and pew-end
doors with original latches, hinges and plaques with pew
numbers; pulpit of Caen stone on west side. The shallow
chancel has raised marble flooring with memorial to Charles
Hargrove, minister 1876-1912, d.1918, and choir stalls c1925,
reredos with mosaics by Salvati of Venice, c1884, of Christ
and the prophets; organ in west aisle post 1896, (a memorial
to the Bulmer family); the vestry was enlarged at the expense
of Sir James Kitson, Bart, 1897.
STAINED GLASS: includes in the west wall an original window by
Warrington of London, a memorial to Arthur Lupton and Anne; in
the east wall and obscured by the gallery stairs: a fine early
but faded Morris window in memory of Ann Kitson, d.1865,
mayoress 1860-62 and mother of James Kitson, first Lord
Airedale: Pelican pietas, angels with musical instruments,

figures of Ruth, Martha and Mary Magdalen designed by William
Morris and Dorcas by Ford Maddox Brown.
In the east wall 2 windows by Clayton and Bell; at the north
end the Lord Airedale memorial window by AK Nicholson of
London (1912) represents the continuity of Christianity and
portrays local and national figures including Sir James Kitson
MEMORIALS: tablets include on the west wall: John W Connon,
local architect, d.1921.
Mill Hill Chapel is renowned for the ministry of Joseph
Priestley, 1767-1773 at the then Presbyterian chapel built in
1674. The present building was used and elaborated early C20
by a small but politically active and very influential
congregation led by the Revd Charles Hargrove and Sir James
(Fitzpatrick, A C: Mill Hill Chapel; guidebook: 1989-; Fraser,
D: A History of Modern Leeds: Manchester: 1980-: 336).

Listing NGR: SE2996633476

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