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HORKINSTONE: Horkinstone Baptist Church History up to 1912.

HORKINSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH

The Horkinstone cause, lying on the edge of the moors above Haworth, dates from 1836. In that year some friends at the Hall Green chapel, Haworth, met to discuss the possibility of undertaking a school and occasional preaching at Horkinstone. The wisdom of the step was at once evident by the enrolling of I24 scholars and fifty teachers on the day the new work was inaugurated. A building was provided in the following year, but the Church was not formed until October 15th, 1849. Until the year 1863 the baptisms took place in a neighbouring mill dam. In that year, also, a day school was built and a school maintained until it passed over to the School Board in 1879, to be eventually purchased by the West Riding Council, in 1910. The Church has had no pastor, being supplied by lay preachers; but it has had faithful workers not a few. Among these Mr. Abel Kershaw has been connected with the school as scholar, teacher, and superintendent for nearly seventy years, and for fifty years has served as Secretary and Treasurer of the cause.

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