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Church, free entry

Saltaire United Reformed Church

Saltaire United Reformed Church

Address

Victoria Road,
Saltaire,
BD18 3LA

Details

The Church was built by Sir Titus Salt in 1859 to serve his staff who worked at the Mill within the village of Saltaire, now a world heritage site. The building is a unique example of Italianate religious architecture. The entrance is up six steps under a portico supported by six unfluted Corinthian columns and topped by a fretted tower with a cupola. Fittingly, the Mausoleum built onto the church contains the remains of Sir Titus Salt himself.

Inside are hollow Corinthian columns with beautiful Scagliola exteriors, fashioned by Italian craftsmen. Two ornate chandeliers, ormolu and cut glass hang from the celiling, of such great weight additional roof trusses had to be inserted to support them. Originally lit by gas, they were made by Hausburg of Liverpool.

Unusually for a non-conformist church the tower houses ring six bells. The organ within built by Peter Conacher and Co. Huddersfield, was installed in 1890, rebuilt at the end of the Second World War, and again in 1991 by Michael Fletcher, a local organ builder now the church organist.

Rightly designated a grade 1 listed building it is well worth a visit. Details of opening times are on the church website. Groups can be accommodated by appointment at most times.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeSmoking not allowed

There is a cafe open on Sunday afternoons or by arrangement for groups. Tours of the world heritage site can be arranged with a local guide, starting at the church.

Opening details

Open Monday to Sunday 2pm - 4pm from Easter - October.
Open Sundays only from October to Easter.
Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm.
Services held Sundays at 10.30am.
Cafe open on Sundays from 2pm and all day on Bank Holidays.

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 139381  Lat: 53.83910 Long: -1.78963

By Road:
Drive to Shipley A650. Look for signs for Saltaire.

By Public Transport:
To Saltaire Station. 2 minute walk from the Station.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Saltaire station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

There is a cafe open on Sunday afternoons or by arrangement for groups. Tours of the world heritage site can be arranged with a local guide, starting at the church.