Friday, March 4, 2016

St. Augustine's Church, Wrangthorn

Architect James Barlow Fraser designed the church whose foundation stone was laid in 1869 using the Gothic revival style. It was completed in 1871.


Postcard from 1871


John Fraser commenced the alabaster reredos as a memorial to his wife, but upon his death, it was finished by his children. The center panel consists of a Venetian mosaic of The Last Supper by Salviati, Burke and Co. while figures feeding the poor and healing the sick flank each respective side. The reredos was completed in 1882.


Interior in 1927.



Sources:
"New Buildings and Restorations."  The Architect. December 18, 1869. 304.
"Miscellanea." Reredos, St. Augustine's Church, Wrangthorne, Leeds. The Builder. June 10, 1882. 723.
leodis. A Photographic Archive of Leeds.
Church of St. Augustine at Wrangthorn, Leeds. British Listed Buildings.
"Wrangthorn: St. Augustine of Hippo." A Church Near You.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your blog. We had a 'Heritage Day' at St Augustine's Wrangthorn only yesterday, with the congregation and visitors trying to learn more about the history of the church. The reredos remains a talking point. Your entry answers some of the questions we were not able to answer yesterday.
    Thank you, Jonathan, Leeds, UK

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    1. That's wonderful to hear! I'm glad the information is useful.

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