DRIFFIELD: Driffield Baptist Church History up to 1912.



The Driffield Church was founded in April, 1786, when ten persons were baptised in the mill stream at Poundsworth, by Joseph Gawkrodger, of Bridlington. They with others were united on that day in Church fellowship. These were the outcome of work begun a year before by a Mr. Wrightson, a member of Salthouse Lane, Hull. He became pastor of the newly gathered flock, and in 1788 a chapel was opened. Their pastor remained until 1797, after which the Church appears to have been in an unsettled state.

Reorganised in 1814, the Rev. James Normanton commenced a ministry which extended to 1846. A swift succession of seven pastors during the next fourteen years suggests that Driffield was passing through contentious experiences. In 1861, Rev. W. T. Monk was called to its oversight, and the next year they completed their present chapel. In 1863, Rev. A. Bowden became minister, and was followed by Rev. J. Baxandall. In 1873, Rev. Charles Welton undertook the work, remaining until 1889. During these years the mission cause at Cranswick was revived. Here, for more than fifty years, Mr. Coupland, a layman of Cherry Burton, had preached every alternate Sabbath until his death in 1875. At Driffield the school was enlarged and a minister's house built. Subsequent pastors have been Revs. I. Watson, F. D. Tranter, T. Burros, and D. Chinnery. Driffield and Cranswick are at present under the faithful care of Mr. P. D. McGowan.

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