St. Bartholomew's Church, Armley is a parish church in the Church of England in Armley, West Yorkshire. Worship at St. Bartholomew's is firmly rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition of the Church of England with a solemn mass being celebrated weekly.
HISTORY : The present church was built starting in 1872 and is now a Grade II* listed building. It was consecrated on 24 August 1877. It is constructed of Horsforth sandstone. The church was restored in 2000 with the aid of a Heritage Lottery grant.
FEATURES : The church itself is a particularly fine example of a Perpendicular Gothic Victorian church.
The Caen stone reredos, erected in 1877, has alabaster carvings, representing the Magi, crucifixion and Old Testament figures. It is thought that the carving of the reredos was the work of John Wormald Appleyard.
The pulpit is of alabaster and marble and was carved originally by Mawer and Ingle for the former St. Bartholomew's Church. It was moved along with the font and old tomb memorials to the new building after the consecration.
There is a sculptured memorial at the west end of the north aisle to Benjamin Gott of Armley House who died in 1839. Benjamin Gott was a local industrial businessman with woollen mills in Leeds. It was through his benevolence that the old chapel, built in 1630, was much enlarged in 1825. In the south aisle there is 'Faith comforting the Mourner' which commemorates the two sons of Benjamin and Elizabeth Gott.
ORGAN: The church is perhaps best known for its organ, built by the German builder Edmund Schulze. It was installed into St. Bartholomew's in 1879 after being moved from St. Peter's Church, Harrogate, following a dispute with the vicar. It was rebuilt in 1905 and has had restorative work in 1956, 1974 and 2004.
Join us for Sunday Mass at 10:00 am or Thursday said Mass at 10:00 am followed by a coffee morning at 10:30 am.
At the present time, the church is in interregnum.
For images in and around the church and plans of the old chapel and graveyard view here; -