History of St Paul’s

Rev Albert Chadwick and choir, 1916

It was on 21st July 1842 that the Bishop of Ripon came to the newly built St Paul’s Church to consecrate the building as a place where the people of Shadwell could come and worship God. Ever since that time, St Paul’s has not only been a place where God is worshipped every Sunday but has also been the place where the people of Shadwell have marked significant events in their lives – whether it is the birth of a baby, the marriage between a couple or the death of a loved one.

The church was built in a Romanesque style by the architect Robert Dennis Chantrell, who also designed nearby Leeds Minster. Reflecting Shadwell being a small village on the outskirts of Leeds, St Paul’s is a small and picturesque church located on the long winding Main Street that weaves its way through the village. Shadwell has changed a lot since the nineteenth century and now is a much larger commuter village within the Leeds Metropolitan District, but St Paul’s and Shadwell more widely retains the charm of a country village.

2017 marked the 175th anniversary of the consecration of St Paul’s and we have produced a short full-colour booklet that tells the story of our church from 1842 to the present day. If you would like a copy of A History of St Paul’s, Shadwell then please get in touch. They are being sold for £5 a copy.

St Paul’s is also home to an extensive churchyard which remains open. If you are researching your family history then all our historical records are now kept at the West Yorkshire Archives Service. They will be able to help you with any research you are undertaking. If you are looking for the location of a specific grave then the Shadwell Local History Society may be able to help you.

175th anniversary service, Summer 2017