BRAMHOPE: Bramhope Congregational Church History up to 1868.



Calamy mentions Robert Leaver (ej. Bolham) who married a daughter of Robert Dyneley, Esq., and preached in a chapel belonging to Sir W. Middleton (vol. iii., p. 58). Dyneley married a descendant of Archbishop Mathew. He built a chapel during the Commonwealth. After the ejection, Rev. -- Crossley preached in it till his death for two years, though he never conformed. Mr. Dyneley's house was a refuge for persecuted ministers, who often preached in his hall. Hunter says (Old Dissent, p. 164) : "It is one of the earliest instances of a foundation for religious purposes resting on a private trust-deed. There were four others in the diocese of York, and probably more : Ellenthorpe, G. Houghton, Stannington, and Morley. After a generation or two, the Dyneleys conformed, and Bramhope Chapel became united to the church."

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