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LIGHTCLIFFE: Lightcliffe Congregational Church History up to 1868.

Lightcliffe Congregational Church History up to 1868.


There was early preaching in Lightcliffe. The early minister was Rev. JONATHAN WRIGHT, who was ordained in Horton, Bradford, in 1694. He married a widow of Rev. W. Courlass,* rector of Marston. He received aid from the Stretton fund. After Mr. Wright's death, the preaching, which seems to have been in a private house, was discontinued. He was probably related to Joshua Wright, O. Heywood's friend.

A chapel, erected in 1823, by a body of Primitive Methodists, was purchased by the Independents. The services were conducted by students for several years. The ministers have been-

  • Circ. 1830. Rev. ANDREW SAWYER. About 1840 the chapel was closed for a year.
  • 1844. Rev. GEORGE SWANN. Rev. EDWARD G. CECIL. Mr. C. left for Surrey Chapel, London, 1854.
  • 1855. Rev. JOSEPH HOYLE, B.A. (Airedale Coll.), from Pickering. He removed to Staindrop, Jan., 1863.
  • 1864. Rev. JOHN THOMSON (Edinburgh and Glasgow), from Beaminster, who is the present minister (in 1868).

* Dorothy, daughter of Bryan Dixon, of Hunslet Lane, Leeds, was born 1665. Her memory was extraordinary. She could bring home the greatest part of a sermon she had heard, as well as if it had been written in short-hand. This recommended her, it seems, greatly to ministers, by whom she was much sought after. She married for her first husband Rev. Wm. Courlass, Rector of Marston. -Thoresby's Leeds, 612.

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