Fulneck Moravian Settlement

Fulneck Moravian Settlement is a village in Pudsey in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1744. It is named after Fulneck (Cz.: Fulnek), the German name of a town in Northern Moravia, Czech Republic.

The village (grid reference SE225319) lies in a picturesque location on a hillside overlooking a deep valley. Pudsey Beck flows along the bottom of the valley.

Amenities

Fulneck Moravian Chapel is a Grade I listed building, making it one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Leeds. Additional to the normal Sunday Service(s), there is a concert by Fulneck resident Dr Simon Lindley on the famous Fulneck John Snetzler/Binns organ on the first Thursday of every month from 11:00 to 11:40 am - admission is free; a retiring collection is taken for church funds. Other regular musical events include recitals by Fulneck resident cornet virtuoso Phillip McCann and at least one annual visit by Saint Peter's Singers of Leeds; this choir has participated for seven years in the famous Fulneck Baroque weekend at every August end. Concerts have involved complete presentations of greatly loved Bach Cantatas, Handel's Messiah and his and the Mass in B minor by Bach. In 2012 on Monday 27 August at 3.00 pm will be presented Haydn's Nelson Mass with other favourite church music of the Classical period including Mozart's Ave verum corpus.

Many of the 18th-century stone houses in the village are listed buildings.

Fulneck School, established in 1753, forms a major part of the Moravian village.

Within the village lies Fulneck Golf Club. This is known to be the oldest Golf Club in the Leeds area, having being founded in 1892.

There is a small restaurant in Fulneck called Zachary's. It has a reputation for good food but limited opening hours. The Bankhouse Inn lies just outside the recognised boundaries of the Moravian settlement.

There is a Moravian museum in Fulneck, opposite the church. It has been open since 1969 and is open Saturdays and Wednesdays 2 pm-4:50 pm (as of 2006). The Moravian Craft Shop is open Wednesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm (as of 2006).

There are a number of footpaths and scenic walks in the area, including a footpath between Fulneck and the nearby village of Tong and the Leeds Country Way.

History

Members of the Moravian Church settled at Fulneck in 1744; they were descendants of the Czech Unity of Brethren, which in 1722 had found refuge in Saxony on the estate of Nicolaus Ludwig Count von Zinzendorf. Within the next few years after settling, housing as well as a school and a chapel were built. The chapel building was completed in 1748. In 1753 and 1755 the Boys' and Girls' Schools were opened. In 1994 the two became one school.

People

Famous people born in Fulneck include:

  • Architect Benjamin Latrobe, whose most famous works include the United States Capitol and the White House porticos in Washington, D.C., USA
  • Cricketer Sir Leonard Hutton, who played for Yorkshire and England. Hutton still holds the record for the highest innings (364) by an Englishman in a Test match

Famous people to have attended Fulneck School include:

  • H.H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1908-16
  • Diana Rigg, actress appearing in The Avengers
  • James Montgomery, poet and world-famous hymnographer
  • William Booth, Yorkshire and England cricketer
  • Christian Ignatius Latrobe, clergyman and composer
  • Richard Oastler, politician and social reformer