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WALKLEY: Walkley Freedom Street Baptist Church History up to 1912.

WALKLEY, FREEDOM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH

Freedom Street Church, Walkley, owed its inception, in 1875, to the opening of a preaching station by friends who were, for the most part, members of Townhead. After some months, the work was definitely undertaken under the guidance of Rev. R. Green, of Townhead. Thirteen persons were baptised in 1880, and in the next year it became a branch Church of twenty members. In November, 1883, "the District" appointed a building committee, whose work resulted in the opening of the chapel, in April, 1885. In 1888, the Church suffered a secession of some of its members, but —after five years—a reunion was effected and a call given to Rev. A. G. Haste. Prosperity attended his ministry, and, in 1897, the building debt was cancelled and a scheme for the extension of its insufficient premises successfully carried through, at a cost of £1500. After thirteen years' work Mr. Haste removed to Leeds; he was succeeded by Revs. D. J. Lawrence (1907-11), and G. A. James, B.A. (1911).

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