Five things: Leeds Minster

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Think you know Leeds Minster? Think again.

The Minster is the city’s parish church and there has been worship on the site since the seventh century. The present building is 19th-century Gothic revival and Grade I-listed.

It was funded by public donations and consecrated in 1841. Among the guests at the ceremony was Florence Nightingale and composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley played the organ.

The floodlights which illuminate the Minster at night were gifted by Tetley’s brewery. It has choristers but is the only Minster in England not affiliated to a choir school.

Leeds Parish Church once had its own rugby league team, entering their members in the Northern Rugby Union competition in 1896.They withdrew in 1901 after playing five seasons.

Records of the vicars and rectors of the church date from 1220, when Hugo held the role, to the present day, when the Reverend Canon Sam Corley took over in 2015.

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