By Mike Berriman
St John’s church in Farsley have started renovations on their stained glass windows after receiving a £56,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Paul Tudge, Vicar at St John’s, said: “A couple of years ago we noticed that the windows were starting to sag.
“We applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund which was a long and often frustrating process, but at the beginning of this year our application was granted”
The stained glass at St John’s, as well as being visually stunning, also tells the history of the 170-year-old church just west of Leeds.
Samuel Marsden – an Anglican cleric – was born in Farsley and is credited with taking merino sheep over to Australia in the early 19th century. The church’s east window depicts Jesus wearing an Australian shepherd’s hat – a dedication to Marsden.