Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Inside Saltaire's church
The inside of Saltaire's famous Grade I listed United Reformed Church (formerly known as the Congregational Church) is as ornate as the outside - perhaps unusually so for a non-conformist church. I am never sure whether I like or dislike the decorative cut-glass and ormolu chandeliers, originally lit by gas. They are so heavy that the roof had to be especially strengthened. It is a nice light space inside though and the ceiling is most attractive. The green columns, which you can see in the corners, are hollow and decorated with a paint effect called 'scagliola'. A little balcony sits over the entrance door and looks up the aisle towards the front, where the organ and pulpit are. I believe it was intended for the use of members of Sir Titus Salt's family, though as Sir Titus did not live in Saltaire himself, I'm not sure if he regularly worshipped in the church.
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