Eucharist marks 100 years of church links with Temple Newsam House

The centenary of Temple Newsam House, Leeds being transferred to public ownership has been marked by a special Eucharist service led by Bishop Nick.

In 1922, the then Lord Halifax stipulated in the deed of transfer to the City of Leeds that the Grade I listed building should host an annual Eucharist “according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England”.

“And so that’s what we’ve now done for a hundred years and it’s wonderful to have that connection,” said Revd Matthew Peat of St Mary’s Parish, Whitkirk.

The present Lord Halifax, the Lord Mayor of Leeds, the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire attended the event.

“I think the value of doing this is that it connects some of the central beliefs of our Christian faith with civic life,” said Revd Matthew, pictured with Bishop Nick

“Temple Newsam is a place where people often come to relax and regain a sense of wholeness and wellbeing and in a way that links to the renewal aspect of the Eucharist,” he said.

An anthem based on the 1922 hymn “Father of Men, in Whom are One” was sung with music written specially by St Mary’s organist and music director, Giles Taylor.

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