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WEST VALE: West Vale Baptist Church History up to 1912.

West Vale Baptist Church History up to 1912.


The West Vale Church had its rise in 1863, when Jonathan Horsfall, coming from Birchcliffe, joined the Church at North Parade, on the condition that a cause should be begun at West Vale. A room was opened on August 16th, 1863, which soon became too small. The school and chapel were completed in 1869, at a cost of £2400. In 1871 the Church assumed its own responsibilities, bidding farewell to the mother Church at North Parade with many expressions of gratitude for her fostering care. During the following twenty years the pastors were : —Thomas Gill (1871-3); W. Jarrom (1874-5); J. T. Roberts (1878-83); C. Waterton (1886-88), and G. Needham (1888-92). The present minister is Rev. D. R. Lewis, who is in his seventeenth year of service at West Vale. During his pastorate the Church has steadily risen in strength and fruitfulness, and abounds in vigorous life and service.

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