St. Edward, King & Confessor Catholic Church is in Clifford, West Yorkshire (LS23 6HJ). Its tall tower is the most prominent structure in the area. The church is a grade II listed building and serves Clifford and the surrounding villages, Thorner, Bramham, Boston Spa, Thorp Arch and Walton.
The church was built by the Grimston brothers for the workers who came to work in their flax mill to enable them to attend Holy Mass. The church is in the Romanesque style by J. A. Hansom to designs by Ramsay The tower was built to designs by George Goldie. It was opened in great style by Archbishop Wiseman of Westminster on 24th May 1848. Eleven years later it was consecrated by Bishop Clifford of Clifton. The church is built in limestone with a slate roof. It has a seven bay aisled nave and chancel with a small east Lady Chapel and a five stage west tower with buttresses to the fourth stage. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is on the south side and the sacristy is on the north side. There is a three bay arcade under the west organ gallery in the tower. The aisle arcades have plain cylindrical pillars and octagonal capitals to round arches, The three eastern bays form the sanctuary. Its first pillars are carved in fish scales and a rope design. At the south west corner of the tower there is a square stair turret which becomes cylindrical after the second stage and has conical roof with a finial.
The organ has recently been installed after restoration by Skrabl of Slovenia. It was discovered by Dr. John Rowntree AIOA in a church in Castle Douglas which was about to be converted into flats. It was kindly donated to us by the church.
If you are ever in the area you are very welcome to visit our beautiful church here in the heart of Yorkshire. Do pay us a visit. The church is always open through the day. You will be amazed. LS23 6HU will guide you to our door.