St Chad's Church, Far Headingley

St Chad's Church, Far Headingley is the parish church of Far Headingley in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The church is Grade II* listed in Gothic Revival style.[1] The dedication is to Chad of Mercia, who was bishop of York and died in AD 672. It is set back from the busy Otley Road, with a cricket field and the parish war memorial (Grade II listed) nearer the road.

St Chad's Church, Far Headingley
View of church from the East
St Chad's Church, Far Headingley
Church location shown within West Yorkshire
53.8281°N 1.5860°W / 53.8281; -1.5860
LocationOtley Road, Far Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS165JT
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Chad
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
Architect(s)Edmund Beckett Denison and W H Crossland
Architectural typeGothic Revival
Completed1868, modified 1911
Construction cost£10,000
Spire height186 feet (57 m)
DioceseDiocese of Leeds
ProvinceProvince of York
RectorThe Revd Tony Whatmough
Vicar(s)The Revd Hannah Lievesley
Reader(s)Gill Griggs, Abbie Palmer, and Bryan Turnbull
Organist(s)Richard Wilson
Churchwarden(s)Helen Steele and Nigel Greenwood


The church was built in 1868, on land given by the Beckett family of Kirkstall Grange who paid £10,000 towards it. The architects were Edmund Beckett Denison and W. H. Crossland.[2] The spire is 186 feet (57 m) high.[3]

In 1909-11 it was modified, removing the octagonal apse and replacing it with a rectangular chancel and adding a Lady chapel and an organ chamber to the sides.[2] The organ was also built at this time, to fit into the new space. It was constructed by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, rebuilt in 1988 with electric power and refurbished in 2011, along with a reordering of the church interior.[4] The Creation window above the altar was designed and made by M. E. Aldrich Rope in 1922.[1][2]

In 2002 the Lady Chapel was renamed the Chapel of St Oswald, when St Oswald's church in Meanwood closed. A glass partition was installed.[5]

St Chad's has won an "Eco-congregation" award,[6] and in November 2007 the church won the Church Times national award for biodiversity in recognition of its wildlife-friendly churchyard.[7]

Use in television

The church has been used on multiple occasions by Yorkshire Television as a filming location including for Fat Friends and At Home with the Braithwaites.


  1. Historic England. "Church of St Chad (1375301)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. Wrathmell, Susan; Minnis, John (2005). Leeds. Pevsner architectural guides. Yale U.P. pp. 260–262. ISBN 0-300-10736-6.
  3. Arthur Mee (1941) The King's England: Yorkshire - West Riding (Hodder & Stoughton, London) p. 179
  4. "The Organ at St. Chad's". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. "The Lady Chapel / Chapel of St. Oswald". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. "Ecocongregation". Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  7. "The greenest of them all". Church Times. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2008.