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BRADFORD: Bradford Ripley Street Ebenezer Baptist Church History up to 1912.

BRADFORD, RIPLEY STREET EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH

The Church at Ripley Street has passed through some chequered experiences. On the 12th January, 1867, forty persons who had seceded from Trinity Church met in the "Teetotal Hall;" Bower Street, for worship, and it was resolved to establish a new Church. For a time the services were held in "Teetotal Hall," and afterwards, as that proved inconvenient, in the open-air in Calcutta Street. With a growing population in the neighbourhood, new members were added, and soon afterwards it was laid on the heart of a Mr. John Whitehead to erect a chapel in Ripley Street, for which payment was to be made "as the Lord prospered them." Mr. George Edmondson became pastor and laboured at Ripley Street for nearly a quarter of a century. In April, 1886, while preparations were being made for a bazaar, the chapel, which was a wooden structure, took fire and was burnt to the ground.

After a short term in a hired room the present chapel was built, and opened in September, 1887. The entire cost was £2,610, a large portion of which remained for years as a crippling debt. Mr. Edmondson was succeeded by the Rev. A. C. Perriam, who took much interest in the then new P.S.A. movement, and who eventually left to take charge of work at "Towers Hall," organised largely in the interests of the P.S.A, Rev. A. J. Harding, now of Birchcliffe, succeeded Mr. Perriam at Ripley Street, and was in time followed by Rev. G. Armitt, who has exercised a faithful ministry in a difficult sphere. A proposal to unite Ebenezer with Marshfield and move further out into the suburbs is now under consideration.


Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2014
from the "Present Churches" section of
The Baptists of Yorkshire
by Rev. J. Brown Morgan
and Rev. C.E. Shipley