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Leeds, Yorkshire, England (First Church).—The history of Christian Science in Leeds may be said to date from the year 1904. At that time services were held by a few Christian Scientists in a private house called Rose Dene, in Far Headingley. Within a short time premises were taken in Cavendish Road.

Mainly because of the healing work, the attendance and membership grew steadily, and in 1912 larger premises were necessary. It was therefore decided that the time had come to build a church and Sunday school. It was decided to build the Sunday school first, and this building was in course of erection when the war broke out. The Sunday school, however, was completed, and the first service held in it in October. Owing to the war, it was not possible to go forward with the building of the church, and the services, therefore, were continued in the new Sunday school. In 1923, tenders were invited for the erection of the auditorium of First Church.

The total cost of the church and Sunday school, including organ and furnishings, together with the cost of land and parking ground, up to that point was £28,776. Toward the end of 1932 it was decided to complete the building. The latter stands on the Buckingham Estate, at the junction of Headingely Lane and Richmond Road. The building is designed in what is known as the Neo Grec style, and is built of Portland stone.

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The Lectures
January 11, 1936

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