BELMONT: Belmont Baptist Church History up to 1912.



The Belmont Church, Skipton, is the result of a withdrawal of about forty members from the mother Church. These, at first, met for worship in each other's houses, after which they held services in the Town Hall for more than a year. The late Rev. Charles Williams, of Accrington, desiring to retain them to the denomination, formed them into a Church in 1890. They erected an iron chapel for their temporary needs, but have not been able to replace it by a more substantial building. The Church was received into the Association in 1891, and Rev. J. S. Griffiths became pastor in 1893. In 1894, a successful bazaar released the Church from its building debt.

Following Mr. Griffiths, the pastorate has been held by Revs. G. Edwards, A. G. Yeats, and C. S. Douglas. The pulpit is at present supplied by students and lay preachers, and it is of interest to record that three scholars of its school have entered the ministry. To those who are familiar with the town of Skipton it seems desirable that we should be represented there by one strong, united Church. The possibility of such a future union is cherished, I believe, by some members of both the present Churches.

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