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All Souls' Church, Halifax

All Souls' Church, Halifax

Halifax, HX3 5, United Kingdom

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Description All Souls Church, Halifax, is a redundant Anglican church in Haley Hill, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.Early historyAll Souls was commissioned and paid for by the local industrialist Edward Akroyd in 1856. The foundation stone was laid on 25 April that year. Akroyd appointed Sir George Gilbert Scott as architect, and the church was completed in 1859. Scott considered it to be his finest church. It was intended to be the centrepiece of the model village of Akroydon, and Scott also designed Akroyd's own house and garden, the vicarage and houses for his employees. There is a statue of Akroyd, in its own lawned enclosure, immediately adjacent to the church.ArchitectureExteriorThe church is constructed in stone, with slate roofs. The dressings are in magnesian limestone. Its plan is cruciform and its architectural style is of the 13th–14th century. In detail, its plan consists of a nave with a clerestory and north and south aisles, north and south transepts, a chancel with chapels to the north and south, and a south porch. At the northeast corner is a vestry, and in the northwest angle is a tower and spire. Under the tower is a baptistry. The nave measures 87ft by 54ft, the transepts 22ft by 18ft, the chancel 37ft by 24ft, and the chapels measure 15ft by 17ft. The ridge of the roof is 65ft above the floor of the nave. The spire is 236ft high.

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