Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1135290

Date first listed: 29-Mar-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 15-Aug-1985



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District: Kirklees (Metropolitan Authority)

Parish: Denby Dale

National Grid Reference: SE 24494 13320


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SE 21 SW CHURCH STREET Emley 1/22 Church of St. Michael 29.3.65 I

Church. South wall probably early medieval, the rest early C15 with slightly later tower. Kirkby Chapel 1632. Perpendicular style. Nave windows (south side) and internal restorations of 1874. Rough coursed rubble to south wall, the rest deeply coursed stone. Stone slate roofs, that to chancel being lower. Two-stage square west tower, 3-bay nave with lean-to north aisle, and gabled south porch, 3-bay chancel with Kirkby Chapel on north side. Diagonal buttresses to tower, reducing with off-sets. West door with moulded surround and hood mould. Large 3-light traceried west window (restored). 4-light mullioned and transomed bell-chamber openings with traceried heads. Gargoyles, crenellated parapet and 8 crocketed pinnacles. Large 2-light windows to nave with arched lights and hood moulds. North aisle windows square headed, one of two lights with cusped heads, the other of three lights with cambered heads. 2-light chancel windows, square headed with cusped lights. 3-light east window with arched head. On south side of chancel is a priest's door and also a memorial tablet to Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Cooper, d.1784 with fluted jambs, apron and scrolled, open-pedimented top. Also set in the wall is a small medieval grave slab with cross and shears.

Interior: 3-bay north arcade on octagonal piers with splayed and moulded capitals. Double chamfered arches. Similar large chancel arch on small corbels. 2-bay arcade to chancel. Queen-post roof trusses with cross struts, to nave. Tie-beams and principal rafters are moulded, the rest probably C19 replacements. Two tiers of curved wind-bracing, with similar to porch roof. Good, panelled chancel roof with pendant finials. Pews and chancel screen of 1874. Elegant C18 pulpit in panelled oak with tester, stair and door. Tulip font, late C17 with irregular fluting, on round gadrooned pedestal. Elaborate brass candelabra of 1832 donated by Henry Leah of Bierley Hall, Bradford. C15 stained glass in east window: Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John, all incomplete. Glass in chancel south window of similar date: St. Michael in armour and another angel (Pevsner). In the south wall is a reset tympanum from the Norman church formerly near the site. It shows the Lion and the Lamb. The top part is missing. Under it is a small piscina.

Memorials: Brass plate in chancel reads: HEARE LYETH THE BODY OF ROBART TALLOT LATE OF BENTLEY GRANGE IN THE COUNTYE OF YORKE. YEOMAN. WHO HAD ISSWE BY JOHANE HIS WYF V SONES . I . VI DOUGHTERS AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE XIIII DAY OF OCTOBAR ANNO DOMII 1605 IN THE 76 YEARS OF HIS AIGE. Behind the organ to left is a tablet in scrolled surround of 1700 to Mary wife of Richd Woolfendin of Lodg. A vertical grave slab to Richard Wortley "aged 3 months and odd days" (d.1687). A marble memorial to William Wheatley of White Cross, 1766. Memorial to Henry Leah of Emley, Mason, d.1800, of black and white marble with ascending soul with angel, signed W. Williams of Huddersfield. Above the nave door is a wooden, late C18 table of 'BENEFACTIONS TO THE POOR OF EMLEY'.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, 1967. H. N. Pobjoy, A History of Emley, 1970.

Listing NGR: SE2449413321


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Legacy System number: 341289

Legacy System: LBS


Books and journals
Pevsner, N, Radcliffe, E, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding, (1967)
Pobjoy, H N, A History of Emley, (1970)

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