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DRONFIELD: Dronfield Baptist Church History up to 1912.

DRONFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH

Dronfield Church dates from 1846, but its beginnings may be found in 1830, when Rev. David Clark, then pastor of the Independent Church—" a very excellent man, and a gentleman of fortune "—was baptised at Townhead. He continued his Dronfield pastorate until 1846. Not a few of his people entertained their pastor's convictions on baptism, and at the coming of a new minister this difficulty was naturally accentuated. Ten members withdrew, and were received into the Church at Townhead, Sheffield. They were formed into a branch Church under the over-sight of Rev. Chas. Larom, and met for worship in the house of widow Clough, at Dronfield.

Their next advances were the renting of a room and 'the beginning of a Sunday school. They then erected a chapel, afterwards sold to the Midland Railway Company. The present building dates from 1872. Dronfield remained connected with Townhead until 1890, its pulpit being supplied by lay preachers; but in 1892 Rev. C. J. Rendell undertook the pastorate. During his service of eight years many additions were made to the church, and galleries added to the chapel. He was followed by Revs. F. O. Darvell, A. E. Cawdron, and E. B. Warren. The Church, is at present without a minister.


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