Our Church Building

The parish church, designed by G F Bodley, began to be built in 1894 and was consecrated in 1895 (even though it was not finished - see, from the outside, the 'temporary' south brick wall).

George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907) mainly designed churches in the Gothic style. He was the first pupil of George Gilbert Scott, and later a partner of Thomas Garner, for many years. He was a friend of the Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris, and his own most important pupil was the Arts and Crafts designer C R Ashbee. By the early 1860s Bodley had adopted the English Decorated style almost exclusively in his designs.

Bodley was renowned for his sense of tradition and for the "refined beauty and restrained power" he sought and often attained. Bodley's parish church designs became influential throughout the Anglican Communion.

In the church is a late Anglo-saxon (early Norman) Font sculpted about 1080 AD. This came from the original church at High Hoyland, and then was used as a cattle trough until rescued for our parish. 

Above the High Altar (still used Sunday by Sunday in the eastward position) is a beautiful mid-20th century reredos: depicting Christ enthroned in majesty, with St Aidan and his friend St Oswald of Northumbria.

The east window in the High Altar Sanctuary (meaning special place, safety, set apart) shows Christ crucified, with His mother and St John. The small rose window on the south wall of the sanctuary depicts items associated with the passion and crucifixion of Jesus.

 

LET THESE STONES SPEAK - A dedication for our new facilities

‘Let these stones speak’ was the theme for the dedication of the new facilities at St Aidan’s Church Skelmanthorpe on the afternoon of 7th October 2018. The church invited The Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs and Archdeacon Anne Dawtry who were joined by many of the local community who had been involved in many months of planning, fundraising and making many donations to achieve the figure required to commence the work. Churchwarden Victoria Cox and a member of the PCC explained what the interior building work had given the venue-including a brand-new kitchen with manyup-to-the-minute facilities, two new interior toilets, one of which is ‘all access’, plus two new exterior doors which provide level access from thr rear car park.

The Bishop commented on how the new kitchen almost seemed ‘Tardis’ like! The finish of the interior is subtle and in keeping with the feel of the church but necessitated moving the ancient Font, which now sits proudly on top of a newly commissioned base carved from new stone, but which also complements the churches interior. There was a short dedication service followed by refreshments to show off the new facilities and demonstrated the new flexibility, benefitting not only the congregation but the whole community.

(Article taken from the Spring 2019 edition of the Archdeacons Visitation News).

Taking a breather

 


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