St Saviour's, Brownhill, Batley

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The foundation stone of St. Saviour's, Brownhill was laid on Shrove Tuesday 1st March 1870, and the building was consecrated on 5th July 1871. It cost £1,883.2.2d to build and as with all subsequent alterations was supported by public subsciption.

St. Saviour's, Brownhill was designed by Michael Sheard, and is built in the early English style of architecture. The original plans for the building included a tower and a spire, and in anticipation of this the Gothic arch at the West end of the church was 'temporarily' bricked up and remains so to this day.

Ellen Nussey lived in what is now the parish of St. Saviour's Brownhill but worshipped at nearby St. Peter's church, Birstall. Her family owned Brookroyd Mill along with the Clapham family and employed many of the church's original worshippers.

Michael Sheard is also likely to have worshipped here. He designed a number of notable buildings in addition to this church, including Batley Central Methodists Church and the Gothic twin towers at Batley Cemetary. In addition, he was a local historian and the land agent to the Earl of Wilton who gave Batley the park which is a short walk from the church. The church hall extention was added in 1994 and has proved a valuable asset. It is used by a wide range of community groups.

For well over 100 years the parish church has stood as an effective witness to the Saviour in whose name it is dedicated.

The church has many historical features:

> In 1920, an oak memorial was affixed to the North wall in the Nave in memory of those parishioners who fell in the 1914-18 war.

> A portrait of Christ by Hans Richter.

> Percy Alexander Hurst Radcliffe's memorial stone.

> In 1878 the beautiful stained glass East window was installed by Henry Barnett's of Newcastle.

> An altar rail by Robert Thompson, the 'Houseman of Kilburn'.

> 1935 celebrated the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary, by installing an oak Clergy Stall in the Chancel.

> In 2000 the Millenium window was designed and funded by the congregation.

> In 1902 the stained glass window in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee was designed and fitted by Jones and Willis, Mediaeval Art Workers of Birmingham for the sum of £42.

> The church boasts some beautiful Minton tiles.

St. Saviour’s church hall is available to hire for private functions. It is a good sized room with working kitchen area, complete with oven and microwave, and is available at very competitive hourly rates. Contact Alan Speight for further information and bookings on 01924 444536.

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Revd Lesley Anne MATTACKS
St Saviour's Vicarage
24 Intake Lane
WF17 0BT

(01924) 471999 (Vicar)

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Holy Communion
This service is followed by bacon butties once a month, usually the first Sunday of each month.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Parish Service
This is a family service with holy communion. The service includes a Sunday School (ages 6 and under) and Junior Church (age 7 to 11) every Sunday, excepting the first Sunday of each month which is usually an all age worship service. Refreshments are served following the service.
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee


Whist Drive
A weekly game of whist which is open to the parish, membership is not required.
Every Monday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
5th Birstall Brownies (Age 8 to 10)
Every Monday at 6:15 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
2nd Birstall Guides (Age 10+)
Every Monday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours


Little Fishes
Parent, carer and toddler group, including snacks for children and refreshments for parents and carers. Instructed activities and free play are available.
Term time only
Every Tuesday at 9:45 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Coffee
Craft Group
An opportunity to get creative, and enjoy making a variety of craft items.
Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours


Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
2nd Birstall Rainbows (Age 5 to 7)
Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Mothers' Union Meeting
Meetings are themed, sometimes have guest speakers and provide an opportunity for all mothers to meet and worship God together.
Every second Wednesday at 7:30 PM for 2 hours


Men's Group
An opportunity for men in the parish to get together and have debates, listen to guest speakers and praise God.
Every second Thursday at 7:30 PM for 2 hours


Little Fishes
Parent, carer and toddler group, including snacks for children and refreshments for parents and carers. Instructed activities and free play are available.
Term time only
Every Friday at 9:45 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Coffee


Parish Lunch
Lunch is available at £2.50 per head for soup, cheese and biscuits and a hot pudding. Booking is not required, just turn for good food and good company!
Every second Saturday at 12:00 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Coffee



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings

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Incumbent: The Revd Lesley Anne MATTACKS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18121
Built: 1871
Architect: Michael Sheard
Archdeaconry: HALIFAX (462)
Deanery: BIRSTALL (46202)
Benefice: Brownhill (46/060)
Parish Legal Name: ST. SAVIOUR, BROWNHILL (460083 46/83)
CofE Church Info: (646113 40/198)
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The current editor is: Lesley Anne Mattacks

This page was last updated on Wednesday 21st October 2015
St Saviour's, Brownhill : Brookroyd Lane, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 0BU

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