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WILSDEN: Wilsden Congregational Church History up to 1868.

WILSDEN.* (INDEPENDENT.)

The chapel at Wilsden arose in 1795. Before this, preaching services had been held in farm-houses and barns. The ministers have been--
  • Circ. 1793. Rev. JOSEPH HARRISON, from Bingley, where he had charge of a Baptist church. Mr. H. left for Bury circ. 1805.
  • 1806. Rev. SAMUEL BAINES. Mr. B. was a native of Ossett, and studied for the ministry at Idle. The "new chapel" was built for him, as the "old" one was for Mr. Harrison. He resigned his charge 1834. Died 1835, and was buried in front of the chapel. He was greatly esteemed.
  • In 1816 the present chapel was opened, and the former was converted into a school-room. It is used by the day-school as well as the Sunday-school. There is also a chapel house.
  • 1835. Rev. SAMUEL BLAIR, from South Shields. Resigned his charge near the close of 1837.
  • 1839. Rev. J. A SAVAGE, from Ilkeston. Mr. S. left for Gomersal 1856.
  • 1858. Rev. W. INMAN. Mr. I. left for Ovenden 1860.
  • 1861. Rev. J. PARNABY (Airedale Coll ). The present minister (in 1868).

Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2014
from the Appendix to
Congregationalism in Yorkshire
by James C. Miall, 1868.