St Stephen's Church, Copley, West Yorkshire
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A church built for mill workers
Set on an attractive 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 bellcote 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.
A magnificent church on a grand scale
A hillside preaching church
A Gothic gem set in a diamond-shaped churchyard
Access to the site is currently restricted and there is no road or footpath to the church from Copley village.
There are steps up though the lychgate into the churchyard. There are two steps into the church. There are steps between the nave and chancel.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
1 mile south of Halifax, off A6026
Nearest railway station: Sowerby Bridge (1.3 miles); Halifax (1.9 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Copley St. Stephen - Your church tour Yorkshire County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in North, South and West Yorkshire. Printed copies of the county guides are also available at the church.
Community information for St Stephen's Church, Copley
All our West Yorkshire churches are in CCT's North region.
Useful local links:
- Welcome to Yorkshire tourism website
- What to do in West Yorkshire
- Family days out in West Yorkshire
- Old Yorkshire website
- Yorkshire Family History Society
- Yorkshire Archaeological Society
- Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust
- A list of churches in West Yorkshire
- Copley is in the Diocese of West Yorkshire & The Dales