" Consecration of the Church of St John the Evangalist in Yeadon Yesterday week, the newly erected handsome edifice to be called the Church or Chapel of St John the Evangalist, in Yeadon, was consecrated by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Ripon.
His Lordship arrived from the Palace. Ripon, attended by Edward John Teale Esq. the Registrar of the Archdeaconry of Craven and Acting Registrar of the Diocese of Ripon, shortly after eleven o'clock and on approaching the Church was received at the gates of the Church Yard by the Rev. William Clark, Rector of Guiseley in whose parish Yeadon is situated, the Rev. Wm. Metcalfe, the Incumbent of the new church, the Rev.A Ibbotson Incumbent of Rawdon and a numerous body of Clergymen wearing their surplices, attended by the members of the Building Committee and other functionaries.
On entering by the principal door of the Church, the Rev. Dr. Clark, as Rector of Guiseley, presented to the Lord Bishop the petition of himself and other parishioners of Guiseley and Yeadon, humbly praying that his Lordship would be pleased to consecrate the Church and the adjacent burial ground or cemetery. The Bishop handed the petition to the Acting Registrar; by whom it was read aloud and when the reading thereof was concluded, the Right Rev. Prelate said "I am ready to consecrate the Church and Burial Ground according to the prayer of this petition".
The Bishop and the Clergy then proceeded slowly down the central aisle of the Church towards the Communion Table, alternatively repeating verses of the 24th Psalm.
His Lordship took his place, as usual, at the North side of the Altar, the Rev. Dr. Clark going to the South side and the Rev. Wm Metcalfe to the Reading Desk.
When his Lordship was seated, Richard Barwick Esq. of Low Hall, the donor of the site of the Church and Church Yard, presented the deed of Conveyance to Mr Teale, the Commissary, by whom it was presented to the Bishop, who laid it on the Communion Table.
The Lord Bishop standing on the North side of the Communion
Table, turned towards the congregation and read the consecration service.
At the conclusion of the customary consecration prayers, the Right Rev. Prelate resumed his seat at the North side of the Communion Table and Mr Teale, as Acting Registrar of the Diocese, read the sentence of consecration.
The instrument began by reciting that it had been represented unto his Lordship by a petition under the hands of the Rev. Wm. Clark M D, Rector of the Parish and Parish Church of Guiseley, in the Diocese of Ripon and of the Rev. Henry Press Wright, Curate of the said Parish, Wm Rookes Crompton Stansfield Esq., Richard Barwick Esq., Benjamin Thompson Esq., William Turley Esq., Geo. Kilvington Kenion Esq. , John White Esq. and divers other persons, inhabitants of the Parish of Guiseley aforesaid, that by a certain deed poll, bearing the date on or about the 6th day of February 1843, Richard Barwick Esq. of Low Hall, in Yeadon, in the Parish of Guiseley aforesaid, did freely and voluntarily and without any valuable consideration, give , grant and convey unto Her Majesty's Commissioners for Building of New Churches (interalia) all that plot, piece or parcel of land (being part of two closes of land situate at Henshaw in Yeadon aforesaid, called by the several names of Hill Close and the Wham) containing by admeasurement in length from East to West on the North and South sides thereof respectively, 74 yards and in breadth from North to South on the East side thereof 68 yards and in the whole contents 4,847 yards or thereabouts, bounded on or towards the North by property belonging to Mr John Smith, on or towards the West by a plot, piece or parcel of land, part of the said Hill Close, intended as a site for a parsonage house and garden and on or towards the South East by other property belonging to the said Richard Barwick (the said plot of land being more particularly delineated on the map or plan drawn on the margin of the said petition and on the deed of consecration and coloured pink) ; together with a right of foot, horse and carriage road over and along a plot of land 5 yards wide being part of the said close called the Wham, extending from the high road leading to Yeadon on the East to the said plot of land, for all persons having occasion to go to and from the said plot of land, or the intended church erected on or to be erected thereon, and also a right of foot road only for all persons having occasion to go to and from the said intended church over and along a plot of land 3 yards wide, being part of the said close called Hill Close and extending from the Leeds and ? ?or Chapel had been erected and built on part of the said plot of land, intended to be called the Church or Chapel of St John the Evangalist in Yeadon and that the residue of the plot of
land was set apart as and for a burial ground or cemetery belonging thereto; and also that the sum of £150, being part of the funds raised by subscriptions, grants and donations for the erection of the said church had been appropriated and set apart as a repair fund for the
said church and had accordingly been invested in the names of the Trustees for that purpose ; and further that the said Church or Chapel was fitted up and furnished with all the things needful and necessary for the due performance of Divine Worship therein and the said Burial Ground or Cemetery was sufficiently fenced in and that the same was respectively ready for consecration. The said Petitioners humbly prayed the Lord Bishop of Ripon that he would be pleased to consecrate and dedicate the said Church or Chapel, to set apart and separate from all common or profane uses, and to dedicate the same solemnly to the service of Almighty God, to be and to remain a Church or Chapel, by the name of the Church or Chapel of St John the Evangalist in Yeadon for ever. And also that his Lordship would be pleased to consecrate and appropriate the said piece of ground so fenced in as aforesaid and surrounding the said Church or Chapel as a cemetery or place of Christian burial for the dead, as a yard to the said Church or Chapel; therefore he, the said Charles Thomas, by divine permission Bishop of Ripon, did by his authority, Ordinary and Episcopal, so far as in him lay, and by law he separate and set apart the said Church or Chapel from all common and profane uses whatsoever and did dedicate the same to Almighty God and Divine Worship and to consecrate it for the celebration thereof and did openly and publicly pronounce, decree and declare that the same ought so to remain separated, dedicated and consecrated and did pronounce and appoint the said Church or Chapel by the name or title of "The Church or Chapel of St John the Evangalist in Yeadon" by this his Lordship's definite sentence or final decree; read and promulgated by these presents; and he did also separate and set apart the said piece of ground so fenced in as aforesaid and surrounding the Church or Chapel from all common and profane uses whatsoever; and did as far as in him lay and by law he could assign the same as and to be a cemetery or a burial place annexed to the said Church or Chapel; and he did dedicate and declare and consecrate the same for that purpose and did openly and publicly pronounce, decree and declare the same to be so assigned, separated, dedicated and consecrated forever and that the same ought to so remain; by this his definite sentence or final decree which he also made and promulgated by these presents.
The instrument was then presented to the Bishop, who signed it on the Communion Table, his Lordship then returned it to the Registrar saying "Let the Petition and Sentence of Consecration be registered among the Muniments of the Diocese"
The daily morning service was then read by Rev. W Metcalfe, the Incumbent of the Church, the Bishop reading the appointed prayers after the Collect for the day and after the General Thanksgiving.
The Communion Service was read by the Bishop, the Sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr Clark from Psalm 1xviii verse 10.
At the conclusion of the sermon the offertory was read and the alms of the congregation were collected by the Churchwardens and members of the Building Committee. the collection amounted to £32 9s 3d. The Lord Bishop then pronounced the concluding prayer and benediction and immediately proceeded through the principal door to the Churchyard where the ceremony of consecrating the burial ground was performed.
The Right Rev. Prelate then retired to the vestry where his Lordship unrobed and subsequently gave audience to several of the Clergy.
The Bishop, the Clergy and several of the lay visitors were then conducted to the Nether Yeadon Sunday School where an elegant cold collation was provided.
Amongst the Clergy and Laity present at the service on this interesting occasion we observed, the Rev. W Clark, Rector of Guiseley, the Rev, Henry Press Wright Curate of Guiseley, the Rev, Wm Metcalfe Incumbent of Yeadon, the Rev. A Ibbotson Incumbent of Rawdon, the Rev. W H R Stocker Incumbent of Horsforth, the Rev. Dr Hook, Vicar of Leeds, the Rev. Thom. Furbank of Bramley, the Rev. S Redhead Vicar of Calverley, the Rev. E M Hall of Idle, the Rev. D Jenkins and the Rev. W Lee Howanth of Pudsey.
The Church is built in the early English style of architecture from designs by Mr W Rawsthorpe of Bradford, architect and it presents a pleasing object to the surrounding neighbourhood. The estimated cost was £2,043, towards which the Incorporated Society for Building and Enlarging Chapels and Churches made a grant of £300, Her Majesty's Commissioners for Building New Churches made a like grant of £300 and the Society for the Increase of Church Accommodation and Endowment of Churches in the Diocese of Ripon granted £400. Benjamin Thompson of Park Gate gave £200, W R Crompton Stansfield Esq. MP of Esholt Hall £150, the Rev. Dr. Clark, Rector of Guiseley £100, Geo. Lane Fox Esq. of Bramham Park £100, Mr Womersley of Rawdon £50, the Rev. J A Rhodes of Roundhay £30, Mrs Lawrence of Studley Park £20, besides various small sums. The land for the site valued at £100 was given as already seen by Richard Barwick Esq. of Low Hall, Yeadon.
To show the necessity for this erection, it is only necessary to mention that the population of the township of Yeadon at the last census was 3,367, consisting chiefly of persons engaged in woollen manufacture, for whom there was no church accommodation in the township, the Parish Church of Guiseley being situated a mile and a half from Yeadon and not sufficiently capacious to accommodate more than one tenth of the population of the Parish.
The new Church will accommodate 633 persons, 413 of the sittings being free or to let at a small rent and there will also be accommodation for 225 Sunday scholars. Prayers were read in the new Church at six in the evening, after which the Rev. Dr Hook, Vicar of Leeds was announced to preach.
On the walls within the Communion rails, the Creed and the Decalogue have been elegantly painted by Mr Fredk. James Wood of Leeds."