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Settle Congregational Church History up to 1868.


The academy, which was under the presidency of the Rev. R. Frankland, at Rathmell, during many years, must have greatly blessed the neighbourhood of Settle, though we have no memorials of its indirect operation. After its removal, however, no evangelical efforts were made in this neighbourhood, except by the Wesleyans, till the West Riding Itineracy resolved in 1811 to visit the whole district. The congregation at Settle at first met in a private house; a cottage was afterwards rented, and the upper room used as a gallery, by means of an opening in the floor. A chapel soon became requisite, and the Rev. Joseph Cockin, with his son, Rev. John Cockin, rendered essential service in its erection. Their cheerful, long-continued, and laborious exertions laid all the friends of religion, and the neighbourhood at large, under great and lasting obligations. The chapel was opened A.D. 1816, the pulpit being first occupied by students from Idle. A Mr. Brixton preached for nearly a year, with small success.

Jan. I, 1824. Rev. SAMUEL ELLIS became the first pastor. The congregation was now in a flourishing state, and continued so during his ministry. He removed to Bolton in September, 1827.

His successor was Rev. JAMES WRIGHT, of Idle Academy, under whose ministry things greatly declined.

* Aided by Rev. S. Compston.

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

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