LYDGATE: Lydgate Baptist Church History up to 1912.



The Lydgate Church, Todmorden, arose out of a secession of members from the Lineholme Church, in 1859. The new endeavour numbered some Todmorden. fifty people. Beginning in a cottage, they removed to Newgate Bottom, where they rented the top room of a disused mill. Here, consumed by the heat in summer and congealed by the winter frosts, they at last registered a resolve that they would not "winter another summer" under such conditions. They removed in 1860 to a room at Arch View, rented from one of their number for "£10 per annum, to include gas."

Here they won their first converts in the baptism of five persons in a neighbouring stream. In 1861 they invited the Rev. James Dearden to their ministry, which he accepted and maintained for twenty-two years. On Whit Tuesday, 1865, they commenced chapel building, the digging out of the soil being the willing work of the members. Mr. Dearden resigned in 1883, and the Rev. W. L. Stevenson was appointed his successor. He continued until 1906, and was succeeded by the present pastor, Rev. W. T. Garling, in 1907.

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