Stanley Royd Hospital Chapel Fire – June 18, 2012

Description: Church of St Faith

Church of St Faith, Wakefield

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 May 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 342538

OS Grid Reference: SE3386821520
OS Grid Coordinates: 433868, 421520
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6890, -1.4886

Location: Eastmoor Road, Wakefield WF3 4NS

Locality: Wakefield
Local Authority: Wakefield
County: West Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: WF3 4NS

Hospital church. Opened 6th October 1861. Possibly by Sir George Gilbert  Scott. Coursed squared stone with ashlar dressings. Welsh slate roof. Two parallel ranges of 7 bays with south porch. In Early English Gothic style.  Bay divisions marked by reducing buttresses, the corners marked by angle  buttresses. Large, 3-light north and south windows with geometrical tracery.  Large 5-light east window, to south range, with geometrical tracery. Large 6-foiled circle to north range with a 5-bay arcade below. West door to north range with 5-bay arcade above. Two large 2-light windows to south range  above which is the base of a bellcote (now removed).

Interior: not inspected.

The church is said to have been built from copies of plans for the Church of St. James, Doncaster, designed by 6. G. Scott and Lord Grimethorpe.

A. L. Ashworth. Stanley Royd Hospital, Wakefield, One Hundred and Fifty Years. A History. 1970s.

Source: English Heritage

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Published on Tuesday 19 June 2012 08:26

Two men have been charged with arson followed a fire which badly damaged a disused church in the grounds of the former Stanley Royd Hospital, Wakefield.

The men, both aged 23, are due to appear at Wakefield Magistrates Court on July 2.

The fire, on Monday, June 18, was spotted at the site near to Eastmoor Road and Aberford Road by a passing police patrol shortly after 7.15pm and attracted a crowd of more than 100 people watching firefighters from Wakefield, Rothwell, Ossett, and Kirkstall fire stations tackle the blaze which gutted the building.

Police are appealing for witnesses in connection with the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Wakefield CID on 101.