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St John's Church

Built in 1634, St. Johnís is the oldest church in Leeds city centre under the benefaction of John Harrison, a wealthy local wool merchant, who bore the expense of the church construction.

The church is a marvellous example of Gothic architecture from the medieval period. The exterior is in Perpendicular style; the interior is notable for having two naves and heavily adorned with woodwork carvings in a Flemish style. The church has been preserved almost completely in the style in which it was built and still has the original Renaissance rood-screen, pulpit and stalls. The wood of the pulpit and pews is dark, heavy and sombre, but is complemented by a menagerie of delicate figures, angels and other curious entities.

The stained glass dates from the 19th century and includes a memorial window to the churchís founder, John Harrison, with delightful scenes showing him performing good deeds, and directing the building of the church.

Monuments around the church commemorate the citizens of Leeds throughout the centuries, and emphasise the importance of the wool industry to the cityís prosperity.

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