Pole Lane Independent, Darwen
Darwen Library. Lower Chapel and it opened on 6th May 1793 with Rev. Townsend as its minister. In 1806 he was ejected from the pulpit and left with the registers and several of the congregation to built Townsend Chapel (or the Refuge) which opened in 1808. Both chapels continued to be used until 1822 when the two congregations amalgamated and as a result the Townsend Chapel was enlarged and renamed Ebenezer Chapel. It opened in 1822 and consequently Pole Lane Chapel was abandoned. The graveyard that surrounds that chapel continued to be used until the mid 1850s. It is unclear as to when the building was demolished but this must have taken place before the OS map of 1849 was published.
The Independent churches were ones in which each congregation was autonomous, upholding the principles of independence. In the 19th century they became known as Congregational.
Original registersThe National Archives hold:
- Births 1736-1837
- Baptisms 1793-1821
- Deaths 1819-1821
- Burials 1793-1794
Lancashire Record Office hold copies of:
- Baptisms 1750-1837
- Burials 1793-1794
Register TranscriptsPublished by the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society, (microfiche D6 - New Dissenting: Bap & Bur):
- Baptisms 1792-1820
- Burials 1792-1820
IndexesThe IGI contains:
- Baptisms - 1736-1837
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