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Anyone feel the need to be MOD?
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:14 pm by meanwood_monks
Been thinking about this for a while now.

Some of you guys/gals have been here since day 1. Cheers for all your support over this time.
Was wondering if anyone was wanting to keep an eye on things and have MOD rights here.



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 MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS

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PostSubject: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:58 am

Thought i'd post this on both the old & new forums so no-one would miss it either way. I know a lot of you peeps have been here already but we couldn't resist... Visited with freebird +3. I know there's a bit of history out there already but here's my take on info i can find out. Mount St Marys Church is a grade two (star) listed building that was opened in 1857-now 151 years ago! It closed in 1989 mainly due to dwindling church attendance, now it stands abandoned & on deconsecrated land some 19 years later. It is built high on the summit of the Richmond Hill area of Leeds & can reputedly be seen for miles around.
Dubbed locally as ‘The Famine Church’ after the Irish community (who were still recovering from the Irish potato crop failure after six successive years from 1845-1851) who were centred in Leeds in this area raised the funds to build this cathedral sized church. There were many other community establishments here too-schools, care for the sick & poor, an orphnage & of course the church, so important amongst the catholic people. There was a plan (& a fund established) around 1916 to build two massive western tower blocks but however none were ever built.
The church is now due to be partly converted/mostly demolished! The naive & aisles are to be knocked down to build a seven storey block of 62.......FLATS! The chapel & transepts (designed 1n 1866 by architect Edward Pugin) will be retained & restored. The presbytery will be knocked down & replaced by a five storey block of 109.......FLATS!
The church despite the best efforts of thieves, vandals & pigeons is in remarkably good condition (too good to just knock part of it down!) with many original features remaining. The presbytery is in a poor & dangerous state due to fire & water egress& it’s a shame to see it this way.
All in all a wonderfully BIG church, dangerous presbytery & fantastic photo opportunities! Cheers.

Outside view of the church behind the alter


Another darker view from outside


In one of the rooms of the presbytery, this building is in a bad way! :sick:


Looking up one of the pillars to the roof


Looking along & down from around 15' up a pillar


The alter with a beautiful stained glass window above Smile


A closer view of the window


A view showing some of the wonderful colours on display in here


This place is almost the size of some cathedrals!


The setting sun was lighting things up SO well


Found hidden away on one of the walls


Looking down the length of the nave from the alter


The ceiling above the alter is stunning


Two of the original exterior doors-i'll not be leaving through these today


I hope you've enjoyed this selection, for even more pics please feel free to check out my Flickr page below. Cheers Wink
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sqwasher/
or...
http://www.flickr.com/groups/urbex_uk/


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PostSubject: Re: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:06 pm

Awesome report there mate love the pics too.

Its a really nice place and I've said it before but its a shame it looks like it does.

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PostSubject: Re: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:18 pm

Great pics Sqwasher...If Black Sabbath need any new album covers I think the 2nd pic would be the one!
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PostSubject: Re: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:27 pm

Wow, very nice can't beleive I havn't been in here before. Anybody fancy showing me around? Nice pics by the way Cool
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PostSubject: Re: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:33 pm

I might be up for a revisit next weekend if the weathers good

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PostSubject: Re: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:14 pm

I'm off work next weekend if there's a possible explore going begging!
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PostSubject: Re: MOUNT ST MARYS CHURCH, LEEDS, 14TH MAY 2008 - 14 PHOTOS   Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:24 pm

I'm down South this weekend Neutral
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