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ALL SAINTS, HARLEY WOOD, TODMORDEN

 

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Photo by very kind permission

of Frank Woolrych.

All Saints church, now demolished, was located at Harley Wood, Lydgate in Todmorden. It was said at the time of its erection that its style of architecture and general appearance, externally and internally, did credit to the architect, James Green of Portsmouth House, Todmorden. It accommodated about 400 people.

The first stone of All Saints was laid by William Helliwell of Kitson Wood House. The church was first opened on Wednesday 6th October 1858 by the Vicar of Halifax, the Ven. Archdeacon Musgrave. The curate in charge was the Rev. Frederick Gardiner who read the prayers, assisted by the vicar of St. Paul's at Cross Stone, the Rev. Mallinson.

   

The local people were generous with their subscriptions towards the the erection of the new church .The following is a list of the local people who subscribed

(and amounts) .

       
Chaffer Robert Todmorden £3-3-0
Crossley Mrs. Scaitcliffe £25
Crossley Mrs. Wood Cottage £25
Crossley William White Hart Inn £5
Dearden Misses The Haugh £10
Eastwood Margaret A. Stoney Royd £100
Eastwood A.G. Stoney Royd £100
Eastwood Thomas Eastwood £50
Eastwood Mrs. Eastwood £12-10-0
Eastwood Sarah Stoney Royd £12-10-0
Eastwood William Manley Stoney Royd £25
Eastwood John Eastwood £10
Edwards Rev. John Todmorden £2
Green James Portsmouth House £100
Greenwood James Glen View £100
Greenwood John Glen View £25
Greenwood William Glen View £25
Greenwood Mrs. Black Swan Inn £5-5-0
Gould Richard Roomfield £20
Hammerton Thomas Edward West Lodge £20
Helliwell William Kitson Wood £10
Howarth William North Street. £100
Knowles John Kilnhurst £5
Lord Mrs. Market Place £1-1-0
Mallinson Rev Whiteley Cross Stone £5
Ruxton Rev F.W. Lydgate £5
Smith James Scaitcliffe £20
Stansfield James Ewood £5-5-0
Sutcliffe Capt. J.P. The Lee £5-5-0
Sutcliffe James Patmos £5-5-0
Sutcliffe John jnr. Harley House £20
Sutcliffe William Lower Laithe £5
Tattersall Benjamin Portsmouth House £5-5-0
Thompson Robert Hallroyd House £5
Veevers John Kilnhurst £5
Whittaker Thomas H. The Holme £10
   
Charles and George Mears of Whitechapel, London, cast a small clock bell weighing 1cwt. for All Saints. The clock was made in 1860 by Joyce's of Whitchurch, Shropshire.
   

On 25th October 1873, the following article appeared in the Leeds Mercury:

Fire at a church in Todmorden

Early on Monday morning it was discovered that the porch of All Saints Church, Harley Wood near Todmorden, was in flames. The roof of the porch was entirely destroyed and the damage is estimated at from £50 to £100. The cause of the fire can only be guessed at. The gas was left burning after the service on Sunday night, and one supposition is that as the night advanced the pressure of gas increased until eventually the heat from the light ignited the timbers of the roof. Another supposition is that there was an escape of gas, and the porch becoming filled, it was ignited by the light and the timbers thus fired.

   

This bell was rescued from Harley Wood by the Todmorden Bell Ringers, just before the church was demolished. It was fully restored and converted to electric winding in 1989 and is situated in the tower at St. Mary's.

   
The church and school were demolished in 1975 and the land sold off for housing.
   

The war memorial was moved to St. Mary's when the church was due for demolition and is currently located in the grounds of the church.

 

MEMORIAL TO THE MEN OF HARLEY WOOD

WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR

 

This cross is erected in grateful remembrance of the men of

Harley Wood who fell in the Great War 1914-1918

In token of sorrow for their loss and of pride in their valour

J. W. ELLISON

H. INGHAM

T. C. RABY

G. MITCHELL

F. WHITE

E. COWIE

F. BARKER

J. W. HUNSTEAD

P. MARSHALL

H. STANSFIELD

W. DAVIES

L. CRABTREE

M. INGHAM

W. SUTCLIFFE

F. HOLDEN

E. S. HALSTEAD

R. MACHEN

F. CROWTHER

H. ELLISON

J. E. BENBOW

H. TAYLOR

J. WYNN

H. FLETCHER

 

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