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The United Reformed Church, Lower Hopton

The United Reformed Church, Lower Hopton
The Hopton Congregational Church has its origins in 1662 when Richard Thorpe was ejected from the Established church and preached in Hopton Hall. After his death, meetings were held in cottages on Chapel Hill (these cottages were demolished around 1935). A chapel was built in 1732 with funds raised by Tamar Lee in London, along with contributions from other congregations. The chapel cost £115 18s 8d to build, could seat about 200 people, and was known as the Independent Chapel. It was used for 100 years until it was replaced by the present chapel in 1829. An organ was installed in 1869 and replaced in 1922. In 1972 the Congregational and Presbyterian churches combined to form the United Reformed church. The church was closed in 2007 and sold in 2010 with plans to convert it into flats - these plans were dropped and plans submitted to convert the Sunday School building into homes. The money raised from the sale of the properties would then enable the chapel to be restored. [Mirfield Memories]

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