Monday, 22 June 2009
Celebrations - like buses?
Nothing worth celebrating for ages and then three come along at once! Scargill on Saturday and yesterday I visited two flower festivals, one celebrating the centenary of my own church (St. Peter's, Shipley) and the second at Saltaire URC, celebrating 150 years of the church's history.
Sir Titus Salt himself was a committed Christian and supported a small non-conformist Christian fellowship that began to meet in a house in Saltaire in 1854, and then later in the Saltaire Dining Room. In 1857 the Congregational church was formally constituted and by this stage had a full-time minister. Titus Salt believed his success was God-given and that he should use his wealth to the glory of God and the betterment of the community. He paid for the building of a church as imposing as his Mill. Built in Italianate style by the architects Lockwood and Mawson, it cost £16,000 and was opened in 1859.
I will put up a photo of the exterior of the church one day, but this image shows the ornate interior - the west end of the church, with the choir stalls and organ. Notice the amazing ormolu chandelier.