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Heritage Open Day
September 9, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come and explore our amazing Grade II* listed former church building as part of the 2016 Heritage Open Days.
Left Bank Leeds occupies the former St Margaret of Antioch Anglican church. St Margaret’s was built to the designs of Temple Moore (1856-1920), who was the architect of many fine churches in Yorkshire and the North East in the three decades before the First World War. These include St Wilfrid’s Church in Harrogate, which is Grade 1 listed and more than 20 buildings in or near the North York Moors, (see http://www.templemooretrail.co.uk/). St Margaret’s was built to serve the houses that had been built between Cardigan Road and Royal Park Road in the 1890s.
Moore’s earliest designs for St. Margaret’s included a tower at the west (Cardigan Rd) end, which was abandoned as too costly. The final design envisaged a compact rectangle without a tower, with provision for a further west bay to be added later, with removable construction for whenever works on that were to start, but funds were never raised to add the final bay. Architect George Pace, designed the porch that was added in 1964 .
At the consecration, Leeds Observer noted the exterior as ‘exceedingly plain in appearance’ but the interior as ‘particularly spacious, dignified and handsome’. Visitors today often remark on this, as was true for award winning singer songwriter Corinne Bailey-Rae who has played and recorded at Left Bank, and was our first patron. She said: “This old church is so beautiful inside, you have to see it to believe it.”
No need to book. Just stop past anytime between 12 noon and 6pm on Friday 9 September.