Bradley Hall, Leeds Rd Wesleyan Methodist, Nelson
Bradley Hall, Leeds Rd,
It appears that the Wesleyans initially leased part of the former Bradley Hall from c.1895, before (presumably demolishing it and) building a new structure in 1899. This new building seems to have been mainly classrooms surrounding a chapel, and is sometimes refered to as 'the school chapel'. Some funding was obtained from central funds, and from the profits of the local business run by William Tunstill. The site is shown clearly on OS 1:2,500 maps of 1912 and 1932 - sheet Lancashire 56.07. By the mid 20th century the site appears to have become run down, and a hand-written note in a bundle of related documents held at the Lancashire Record Office (ref. MNe 7/2) and dated 1958 notes that 'the site has been condemmed' and 'has been damaged by children and by seepage from inadequate drainage'. The latter was presumably from the rainwater goods, as it is also noted that 'the school chapel was built in the hope that a chapel would be built above' in the future. The building must have been demolished shortly afterwards, and by 1963 a 'temporary' youth and community centre was erected on the site. This temporary structure is still present (September 2007) but is scheduled for replacement in the near future.
The Wesleyan Methodist church was formed in the 18th century from religous societies founded by John Wesley and his preachers. It suffered many secessions, but was the largest Nonconformist denomination in the 19th century. In 1932 the Wesleyan Methodists joined with the Primitive Methodists and the United Methodists to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain.
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