St Margaret's Church, Horsforth. by Colin Metcalf

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St Margaret's Church, Horsforth. by 

Sizing Information

Small 8.0" x 10.7"
Medium 12.0" x 16.0"
Large 16.0" x 21.3"
X large 20.0" x 26.7"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth

Panasonic Lumix DMC FS30
Edited in Photoshop Elements 9 and Picasa 3.

Situated in Horsforth which is about 6 miles north west of Leeds.

History of St Margaret’s church, Horsforth .

The history of our church building started in 1865, when the incumbent of Horsforth parish was the Rev. W.H.B. Stocker. He, the parishioners and the patron of the living, Walter Spencer Stanhope, deemed the old Bell Chapel on The Green in Horsforth to be far too small to accommodate the size of the congregation. The Patron gave land for a new church.

A lack of funds and enthusiasm caused long delay before the present church was actually built. Its designer, John L. Pearson, was architect also of Truro Cathedral and several churches in West Riding. The nave and chancel were completed and dedicated in 1883. The belfry, spire and porches were added later and dedicated in September 1901. thus, the full church building took over 36 years to complete.

The first impression on entering the building is of light and space, helped greatly by the ten tinted clerestory windows, high above the nave.

You can take the virtual tour HERE

The beauty of St Margaret’s Church is much enhanced by the quality of its stained glass windows, most of which have been given as memorials to past parishioners.

This smoke-darkened building can be seen for many miles around and is very dear to the hearts, not only of the congregation, but to hundreds of other people in this area. The relatively recent floodlighting scheme provides the town with a night-time view of its greatest landmark; it won an award for its designers, too.

The smoke darkening is from the industry within this region in the first half of the last century. Since the smoke free area acts in the 60’s this no longer happens. Many local buildings have been sand blasted to rid them of the smoke grime revealing the glorious golden local stone. Buildings that have not been cleaned like St Margaret’s do still have great charm and it would be a shame if all the old buildings were cleaned up.


Thanks for taking the time to browse my portfolio, I hope you see something you like. Colin.

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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

  • Trevor Kersley
    Trevor Kersleyabout 4 years ago

    Great treament to a great image Colin well done.

  • Thanks very much Trevor!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    what a lovely capture and treatment dear Colin.x

  • Thank you very much Catherine!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Excellent treatment to this stunning image Colin!!

  • Thanks very much Pauline, thanks for the visit!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 4 years ago

    Know it well, Colin. Sang in there with The Amici Singers a couple of years ago. Beautifully composed image and wondefully dramatic proccessing.

  • Thanks Steve, I was actually christened here but apart from a cousin’s wedding I have not been in since!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesabout 4 years ago

    Lovely angle Colin – nice edit too Happy New Year :-))

  • Thanks a lot jules. Happy New Year to you!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    I would so love to learn how to edit like this, any suggestions?

  • Thanks Viv. I have learnt an awful lot with photoshop video tutorials on Youtube. The beauty is you can start and stop them until you understand it. You can also do a fair bit with Picasa which is a free download from Google. Make a copy of the image you want to edit then just play with the settings. If you are working on a copy it does not metter if you make a mess of it you can just discard it.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    Colin, I do have Picassa but haven’t messed with it at all. I’ll have to look up a tutorial on layering, I see such beautiful work and I know it can’t be all that difficult, I just don’t know the secrets!

  • You can only do rudimentary layering using Picasa, really you need something a bit better. You could try a program called Gimp. It is totally free and there are loads of tutorials available for that. Or if you can afford it Photoshop Elements 9 which you can download and try for 30 days for free!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic image mate.

  • Thanks a lot Warren, appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What a wonderful work, Colin. A beautiful and very effective result! Thanks for including the history, too. A very interesting read.

  • Cheers Mike thanks for looking!

    – Colin Metcalf

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