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Gallery: Churches of the City of York
by Peter Kessler, 9 January 2011
Central York Part 14: Churches of Heworth to Heslington
St Wulstan's Church rests inside the fork
formed by the Fossway before its northern branch joins Muncastergate,
in the Heworth area of York. The church began life as a mission chapel
for Holy Trinity Heworth (see below). It seems to have been built in
1940, which is when it was dedicated to St Wulstan on 20 February.
Built in red brick with a single bell in the bell cote over the
front of the nave, the church gained its own parish from part of
that of Holy Trinity.
Holy Trinity Heworth lies at the south-west
corner of East Parade and Melrosegate. The church was built between
1867-1869 in the detached portion of the parish. It was consecrated
in 1869 and the following year was assigned a Consolidated Chapelry,
later extended. The church is built in stone in the Early English style,
comprising nave and chancel with a tower in the north-east angle of the
nave. There is a large wooden reredos made in Oberammergau.
Heworth Methodist Church is at the northern
side of Heworth Street, close to Dale's Lane. Wesleyan Methodists built
a chapel on Heworth Street in 1825, and this was in use until 1890 when
it was demolished and replaced by the present Gothic building. Opened
as Heworth Chapel, it was built on a site adjacent to its
predecessor by Edward Taylor of York. The chapel, with a tower that was
originally over the entrance porch, is faced with Scarborough yellow
Christ Church Heworth Without stands back
from Stockton Lane, opposite Algarth Road on the edge of Heworth. There
are extremely few details regarding the short history of this Anglican
church but a date of construction of the 1980s can be guessed from the
architect-designed building style. More recently, the original hard wooden
chairs, dubbed 'the most uncomfortable wooden chairs ever designed', were
replaced with Design Stacker II soft chairs.
St Aelred's Catholic Church is on the south-east
corner of Fifth Avenue and Melrosegate in the Tang Hall Estate district of
eastern York. The church was founded in 1932 thanks to the expansion of the
city, with Roman Catholics meeting in a hall next to the Catholic school
which was opened at the same time. The present, larger, red brick church was
constructed in 1956 to a design which was very typical of the period by the
architect Stephen Simpson of Leeds.
St Hilda's Parish Church Tang Hall is on
the south-east corner of Tang Hall Lane and Alcuin Avenue. Much of
the housing here was put up in the 1930s, around the Tang Hall Beck,
a large shallow stream. The original church was built in 1933-1934,
consecrated in the latter year, and gained its own parish from that
of Holy Trinity Heworth (see above) in 1936. In 2000, work began on
the present multi-purpose building to replace the original church.
This was opened in 2001.
St George's Methodist Church is on the south-east
corner of Millfield Lane and Lilac Avenue in Tang Hall. The church takes
its name from the area of York in which it was founded in 1826 to serve a
very poor and overcrowded population. In 1840 it lost many members to the
Centenary Chapel in St Saviourgate, but it survived and in the 1890s moved
to Hull Road. Once again, in 1937, the church moved, this time to Tang Hall,
opening the present building on 20 January 1937.
St Thomas Osbaldwick is on the south-east
corner of Murton Way and Osbaldwick Lane in Osbaldwick. The village
is mentioned three times in Domesday Book as Osboldewic, while the
church was founded in the 1100s. In a poor state by 1877, it underwent
major restoration by J A Scott. More work took place in 1967 and 2005.
Mary Ward (1585-1645) is buried here, famous for founding the
revolutionary Catholic Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1609.
St Paul Heslington lies on the northern side
of Field Lane, immediately south of York Science Park, overlooking School
Lane in Heslington. The first church on this site was built in the eleventh
century. It consisted of chancel, nave with north aisle and, unusually at
this time, west tower. The two bells in the tower were cast by John Porter
of York in 1388. In the eighteenth century only one service a month was
held here. By 1857 the church was too small and in a poor state.
A new, stone church was built in 1857-1858, with
chancel, nave, vestry, west tower with spire, and south porch, to a
design by J B & W Atkinson of York. Of the old church, only bells,
font, and two wall plaques survived. Heslington Methodist Chapel
was opened by the Wesleyans in the 1830s. It was still used in 1851, but
no more is known of it. In 1844 and 1847 two more chapels were built, but
the last of them closed in 1971. The Methodists now worship at St Paul's.
Nine photos on this page kindly contributed by Colin Hinson.