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NORLAND: Norland Baptist Church History up to 1912.

NORLAND BAPTIST CHURCH

The Norland Church, Sowerby Bridge, began in the house of Mr. John Jowett, where a small company gathered together in 1862. The majority was composed of Methodists who had seceded from their Church owing to doctrinal divergencies. In 1863 Mr. Standeven, a member of Steep Lane, and a farmer at Pickwood Scar, offered his barn, where the hayloft was furnished as a meeting place. A Church numbering eleven members was constituted on March 25th, 1864; ten of the eleven were baptised on that day.

Building operations were soon undertaken, and a chapel opened in October of that year. With the exception of a brief period (1886-7)—when the Church united with Sowerby Bridge under the pastorate of Rev. H. Hughes—the pulpit has been supplied by lay preachers. In 1897, alterations in the school premises were carried out; as also was an extensive scheme of renovation in 1904. At the present time a scheme for improved school accommodation has been provisionally accepted. Norland reports that its prospects are brighter than at any previous period in its history.


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