Saltaire United Reformed Church

Welcome to our website! Saltaire United Reformed Church is a beautiful church in the lovely model village of Saltaire, West Yorkshire. We have tens of  thousands of visitors each year who come to see the beautiful church, to get married or have baptisms, and also to be part of our worship and prayer on Sunday and during the week. We meet for worship regularly at 10:30am on Sunday, but we also meet throughout the week with evening prayers on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, and Mid-weeek prayers at 10:30am on Wednesday. We also have an exciting toddler praise group on Mondays at 1:30pm.

Upcoming Services

Dec
12
Mon
1:30 pm Toddler Praise @ Downstairs (West)
Toddler Praise @ Downstairs (West)
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 
Dec
13
Tue
7:00 pm Prayer meeting @ Downstairs (West)
Prayer meeting @ Downstairs (West)
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
 

Christmas 2016 Services & Events

26 Nov 10:00 – 16:00 | Pudsey helps us prepare for Christmas
A fun event where we invite you to join us and help decorate our
beautiful church ready for Christmas. There will be hot food
available, with a cake stall and Christmas crafts.
All proceeds will be donated to Children in Need.
03 Dec 15:00 – 18:00 | Children’s Christmas Party
Our annual children’s party with a visit from Father Christmas.
See our website for more details.

11 Dec 10:30 – 11:30 | Toy Service
Please bring along toys to donate to Barnados.

13 Dec 19:30 – 21:00 | Rotary Carol Concert
Featuring Otley Brass Band and Baildon Ladies Choir. Tickets
£6 available on the door.

18 Dec 10:30 – 11:30 | Family Service
18 Dec 18:30- 20:00 | Carols by Candlelight
Our traditional service of carols and readings.

24 Dec 23:15- 00:15 | Christmas Eve Communion

25 Dec 11:00 – 11.30 | Christmas Day Service
A shortened service to celebrate Christmas Day.

We apologise that the Sunday Café will be closed on 18th December 2016 and will not re-open until 22nd January 2017

A Cathedral of Congregationalism

Drive view nov 10  small 9076Saltaire United Reformed Church is truly one of the nation’s most precious Victorian architectural gems. The church, built by Sir Titus Salt in 1859 near Bradford, West Yorkshire, is a unique example of Italianate religious architecture. It boasts many architecturally and historically important features and has been described as a classic “Cathedral of Congregationalism”.

This Grade 1 Listed Building (in the same category as Hampton Court Palace and Salisbury Cathedral) lies in the valley of the River Aire, at the foot of the Pennine Moors and at the entrance to the Yorkshire Dales. Paid for out of his own pocket by Sir Titus Salt, it is a focal point of the “model” village, Saltaire, that he built for the workers at his huge mill to ensure their spiritual needs were catered for.

Sir Titus commissioned architects Lockwood and Mawson to design the building, as they had designed a number of other important Italianate buildings in Bradford City centre. The entrance is up six steps under a portico supported by six unfluted Corinthian columns and topped by a fretted tower with 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, an Italian technique implemented by Mr. Dolan of Manchester. Two ornate chandeliers of ormolu and cut glass hang from the ceiling, of such great weight that additional roof trusses had to be inserted to support them. Originally lit by gas, they were made by Hausburg of Liverpool.

Detail of ceiling

The existing organ, built by Peter Conacher and Co. of 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, the cost being raised by church members.

To preserve Saltaire United Reformed Church as both a living church and a priceless piece of our heritage, an ongoing programme of renovation has to be maintained. In 1999, a stage of the renovation, costing £540,000 was completed.

Only by visiting Saltaire United Reformed Church can you fully appreciate its architectural splendours and the reason why it provides such a welcoming centre for worship and praise which reaches out across religious boundaries.

The Church has a strong congregation and members keep the building open throughout the summer months in the afternoons for tourists to visit. It remains open on Sunday afternoons during the whole year. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes are on sale when the building is open on Sundays. A small shop and exhibition displays old prints from the history of the church and Saltaire. Postcards and guides and other items are available for sale. Parties can be accommodated at other times by special arrangement. Why not start your group visit with coffee at the church followed by a tour of Saltaire?

Further information about church activities or how a donation towards the building’s maintenance can be obtained from Len Morris at len.morris@talktalk.net.