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ELLAND EDGE: Elland Edge Baptist Church History up to 1912.

Elland Edge Baptist Church History up to 1912.


The Elland Upper Edge Church was composed, at its inauguration in 1863, of seventeen members from Salendine Nook, and five from Blackley. Elland likens herself to the Church at Jerusalem in that she met in an "upper room," until, in 1869, the use of the Elland Edge Sunday School was obtained for preaching services. Here they remained ten years, enlarging the premises at their own cost of £200. In 1890 they laid the foundation stones of a chapel on the Dewsbury Road, and opened it on May 28th, 1891. For three years they battled with the debt until only £800 remained, when, on December 22nd, 1894, the building, which stood in an exposed position, was partially destroyed in a great gale.

Such was the general sympathy that the Mayor of Brighouse opened a public subscription, which met with so generous a response that £1300 had been raised towards its re-erection, when once again it was ready for worship. The first pastor of the Church was Rev. T. R. Lewis, who settled in 1897, and continued during nine prosperous years. In 1898 a new school was opened, the total cost of the Church's property being £5000, upon which no debt remains. The present minister is the Rev. G. B. Combe.

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