Wortley church puts historic pews up for sale

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St John's Church, Wortley. Copyright Betty Longbottom and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.

By Katherine Turner

Fancy owning a slice of history? A Wortley church has put some of its historic pews for sale.

St John’s Church is looking to create a more flexible space for its young worshippers on a Sunday morning, which means the pews from under the North aisles need to make way. 

The move gives people the chance to buy the two-and-a-half metre pine pews for £50 each. They have already sold 18 and have 16 more available. The pews date back to when the church first opened in 1898.

Pews are for sale at St John’s Church in Wortley. Photo: St John’s Church

Reverend Chris Balding told West Leeds Dispatch: “We’ve grown so much over the last couple of years going from one congregation of around 30 in 2019 to two congregations of around 34 for our 9am service and 35 for our 10.30 service.

“We now have over a dozen children and we need more room for children’s activities during church on a Sunday. It also means that we can host more events in church, like our upcoming art show on 27 and 28 May.”

St John’s Church, Wortley. Photo: Katherine Turner

For more information, e-mail hello@wortleyandfarnleychurch.org.uk or call 07746 668140.

St Johns Church is on Dixon Lane Road, Wortley, LS12 4RU. Details of their art exhibition can be found below:

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