DONCASTER: Doncaster--Hall-Gate Congregational Church History up to 1868.



A building was fitted up as an Independent chapel in Hall-gate, 1804. Previously to this time, a few persons had met, since 1798, for prayer and spiritual exercises at a private house. They were assisted by the Revs. James Boden (Sheffield), and Dr. Williams, who encouraged them and promoted the settlement of a minister. In 1799, Rev. SAMUEL BRADLEY (of Rotherham Acy.), ordained Sept. 17, 1800. A church was formed, and steps were taken to build a more commodious chapel. Mr. Bradley left for Manchester, Sept. 1801.
  • 1802. Rev. WILLIAM KING. Soon after his accession, the present chapel in Hall-gate was opened, Oct. 1804. (The ground was purchased by J. Walker, Esq.) It would then accommodate 600 persons. Mr. King resigned in June, 1813, being at the head of a small secession, and took a chapel in Spring Gardens.
  • 1814. Rev. THOMAS HICKS (from Pocklington). He remained at Doncaster till 1819.
  • 1822. Rev. JOHN WOODWARK. The congregation now increased greatly, and additional galleries were built. In 1826, ill-health compelled Mr. Woodwark to resign. He was afterwards settled at Northampton.
  • 1827. Rev. RICHARD FLETCHER (from Highbury Coll.). His stay was short, not reaching a year.
  • 1828. Rev. E. L. SHADRACH (of Rotherham Coll.). After a few months, he removed to Aberystwith.
  • 1830. Rev. SAMUEL McALL (of Rotherham Coll.). His ministry was attended by much success. He removed to Nottingham, 1843, and is now the respected President of Hackney College, London.
  • Four members of this church have at different times entered the Christian ministry.
  • 1844. Rev. G. B. JOHNSON (Coward Coll. From East Retford). Mr. Johnson removed to Darwen.
  • 1844. Rev. W. HARCUS (Cotton End Acy.). From Loughborough; left 1854; now at Liverpool.
  • 1856. Rev. CORNELIUS CURTIS TYTE (Rotherham Coll. From Wellingboro). Professor at Rotherham. Mr. Tyte removed, in 1864, to take the pastoral charge at Howard Street, Sheffield.
  • 1864. Rev. EDWARD S. PROUT, M.A., New College (of London Univ.). From Norwich. The present minister (in 1868).

* Aided by Revs. S. Mc All, and E. S. Prout, M.A.

Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2014
from the Appendix to
Congregationalism in Yorkshire
by James C. Miall, 1868.