Saltaire and Fulneck

Nonconformist settlements in West Yorkshire

Spring Visit on 1 April 2017

The Moravians established four settlements in Yorkshire in the early-eighteenth century including churches, accommodation, schools and a burial ground: we shall be able to visit two of them in this visit as well as exploring Sir Titus Salt’s better known late-nineteenth century industrial village of Saltaire. En route between Saltaire and Fulneck we shall also have the opportunity to visit the present church of one of the oldest independent causes in Yorkshire and a rare example of a Gothic Quaker Meeting House.

We assemble at Saltaire United Reformed Church (Lockwood and Mawson, 1859: Grade I) at 10.30am, where coffee and tea will be available. Members can make their own way to Saltaire but for those travelling some distance on the day a coach pick-up will be arranged at Leeds station shortly after 10.00am.  After looking at the church we shall take a walk through Saltaire village, passing the other major buildings, to Saltaire Methodist Church (1972: unlisted) where we shall pick up our coach.

Our next stop is Northowram URC (formerly Heywood’s chapel, 1836-7: Grade II*) a galleried classical structure surrounded by a considerable graveyard: here we shall be able to eat our packed lunches, hot drinks will be provided.  We then visit the remains of the Moravian settlement at Lower Wyke, the church of 1775 (Grade II) and its associated buildings surrounding a central green. Our next stop will be at Scholes Friends Meeting House (William Henry Thorpe, 1883: unlisted) before we move on to Fulneck Moravian Settlement. This dates from 1744, the chapel (Grade I) being completed by 1748 and boys and girls schools in 1753 and 1755 respectively. We shall visit the chapel where some archival material will be available for inspection, tour the settlement and have a chapel tea, before rejoining the coach, which will drive to Leeds station for onward connections from 6.00pm.

The cost is £38 for Chapel Society members and £40 for non-members. This includes the morning drink, hot drinks at lunchtime, donations and a chapel tea.  The closing date for applications is Saturday 18 March.

Please send the West Yorkshire booking form, with your cheque payable to The Chapels Society, to the organiser, Chris Skidmore at 46 Princes Drive, Skipton  BD23 1HL. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the notes, please supply a stamped C5 envelope (229mm x 162mm).  Otherwise, notes will be sent by email.