St Saviour's, Brownhill, Birstall

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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 Elizabeth Gibbon for further information and bookings on 01924 505468.

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

(01924) 471999 (Vicar) or 01924 477820 (Church Warden)

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Short Said Communion
A quiet Communion service to start the week. On third Sundays in the month it is followed by Bacon Butties in the Hall.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Common Worship
Parish Service
This is a family service with holy communion. The service includes a Sunday School every Sunday, excepting the first Sunday of each month which is usually an all age worship service. The second Sunday in the month is the Corporate Communion of our branch of the Mothers' Union. On the fourth Sunday in the month there is an opportunity for individual prayers for healing and wholeness. Refreshments are served in the Hall following the service.
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship


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.


Craft Group
An opportunity to get creative, and enjoy making a variety of craft items.
Every Tuesday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours


Communion (Shorter, with Hymns)
A Shorter Communion Service with hymns followed by refreshments and a chance to chat
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for 40 minutes
Common Worship
2nd Birstall Rainbows (Age 5 to 7)
Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Mothers' Union Branch 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


Open Church
A chance to sit quietly or meet a few of St Saviour's people
Every Saturday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Community Lunch
Lunch is available at £3.50 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 Refreshments
Saturday Praise
The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and ends with a faith tea. Families bring pizza to share. It happens on the second Saturday of the month.
Every second Saturday at 5:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly



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

Church Open Holy Communion takes place each Sunday at 8.00 a.m. and Wednesday at 9.30 a.m. A Parish Service is at 10.00 a.m. every Sunday, and includes a Sunday School with the exception of the first Sunday in each month which is all age worship. Refreshments are served after this service. Church is also open for quiet prayer and reflection on Saturday morning 10.30 - 11.30
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Incumbent: The Revd Lesley Anne MATTACKS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18121
Built: 1871
Architect: Michael Sheard
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: HALIFAX (462)
Deanery: BIRSTALL (46202)
Benefice: Brownhill (46/060)
Parish Legal Name: St. Saviour, Brownhill (460083 )
CofE Church Info: (646113 40/198)
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The current editor is: Lesley Anne Mattacks

This page was last updated on Wednesday 20th April 2016
St Saviour's, Brownhill : Brookroyd Lane, Birstall, West Yorkshire, WF17 0BU

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