St Stephen's Church, Copley, West Yorkshire

Address: North Dean Road, Copley, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX4 8QA
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A church built for mill workers

Sited attractively on a wooded hillside above the Calder Valley, this neo-Gothic church was built in 1861-65 for woollen mill workers and faces the model village built by Col. Edward Akroyd for his factory employees.

It is an early example of the work of the local architect W H Crossland, a pupil of Sir Gilbert Scott - tall and narrow with a polygonal apse and a bell-cote over the east nave gable: an original building in a French inspired Gothic style.

Most of Crossland’s fittings and decoration survive, as does the noteworthy sequence of stained glass in the apse by Hardman.

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Road directions

1 mile south of Halifax, off A6026

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Sowerby Bridge (1.3 miles); Halifax (1.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

SE 084 223

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PDF iconYorkshire County Guide (PDF, 5.2mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.  

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Comments

  1. corinne england (25 Jan 2013, 13:59)

    this church is beautiful and awe inspiring...u can almost feel the spiiritualityof the site. I go mostly to tend a family grave and my parents were married here. It is a shame that it is no longer used as I would love to go inside and sit and take it all in.
    My dad was a choirboy there, whilst my mother's family were some who decamped to the Methodist Chapel.

  2. Peter Nicholson (17 Nov 2013, 23:35)

    Knew the church very well, in fact my family bought the old vicarage in Wakefield road Copley

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St Stephen's Church, Copley, West Yorkshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are two steps into the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.