Planning for future of historic church

THE oldest church in Harrogate is set to undergo a series of improvements.

Christ Church’s congregation is proving too large for the current entrance, prompting church leaders to look at changing the building.

Its vicar, the Rev Nicholas Henshall, said: “Since Christ Church was built in 1831 - the first permanent church building in Harrogate - there have been four different entrances, and none of them have proved very satisfactory!

“Today, with the numbers coming both on Sundays and through the week, the current porch - which is the entrance both to the church and parish centre - is simply no longer big enough.

“With up to 350 people coming in and out of the building at the same time it has become a real bottle neck rather than a place of welcome.”

As well as planning a new foyer, the church is planning some changes to the rest of the building, including better access to the balcony - and, in the long term, developing the crypt which runs the length of the building.

A consultation is now ongoing about the possibilities and anyone with an interest in the church, which is a landmark on Harrogate’s Stray, is invited to take part. To download a copy of the questionnaire, or tofind out more about the church, visit