The church had a graveyard. The remains were removed some years ago and re buried at Rochdale, there are still gravestones in the yard so infomation is still there for research.
It was founded in 1807.
pp 136-137 This cause was commenced by a few persons who left Town Meadows Chapel, of which place Mr. Thomas Littlewood was the settled minister, about 1807. At first they met in Greenwood's School-room, Drake-street, and invited Mr. John Warburton to become their minister.
Their numbers increasing, they commenced building a chapel in 1810, and called it "Hope Chapel." At the time it was built it was surrounded by fields and gardens, but after some time houses were built and a street laid out which took its name from the chapel. [more on the ministers]
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