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ECCLESHILL: Eccleshill Baptist Church History up to 1912.

Eccleshill Baptist Church History up to 1912.


The work at Eccleshill dates back to the early seventies of the nineteenth century. The first meeting place was the Mechanics' Institute, in Stone Hall Road, but in 1874, an old weaving room belonging to one of the members was set apart for worship. The first pastor was Joseph Stead, who took charge of the Churches at Eccleshill and Kirkstall. God prospered the work, and in 1884, land was purchased in Undercliffe Road, and the corner stone of the present chapel was laid by Mr. Isaac Smith, then Mayor of Bradford. The building cost about £1,100. Mr. Stead removed to Middlesbrough, in 1886, and after a short interval was succeeded by Rev. T. E. Rawlings, who became pastor of the Churches at Eccleshill and Idle.

In 1896, the Leeds Road Church took charge, Rev. R. Herries and his deacons having control, with the assistance of Baptist ministers of the city as they had opportunity. From 1900. to 1907, Mr. J. H. Middlebrook, at the suggestion of the Yorkshire Association, took up the work, and was succeeded in 1910 by Rev. F. Allsop. New class-rooms and a minister's vestry have recently been added to the structure. The Church at Eccleshill is bearing faithful testimony to the Name, in an important suburb of the city.

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