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The chapel is linked closely with the Wilson family from Wilson's Bobbin Works at Cornholme and it was mainly through the family's efforts that the church was built in 1854.


A report in the Rochdale Sentinel, Saturday February 25th 1854 says:

A Chapel Blows Down

On Friday night last about 6 o'clock, the chapel now in course of erection at Cornholme near Todmorden, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodists Association, was partly blown down. The foundation stone, it will be remembered, was laid on Whit Tuesday May 17th 1853, when the members of that body walked in procession on the occasion. It was at first thought, from the shattered appearance of the building and the front entrance being almost down, with some stonework beautifully executed, that the damage would be very serious, but from enquiry of the architect, we are glad to state that about £60 will probably cover the expense. The falling of the building is attributable entirely to the boisterous state of the weather on Friday night; we had a complete hurricane. The chapel was about ready for covering in.
On 10th March 1867, there was another disastrous fire at the chapel. It was a Sunday morning and was noticed first by a Mr. Greenwood who ran immediately to raise the alarm. The first on the scene was a mechanic employed by Messrs. L. Wilson and Sons, bobbin manufacturers. He ran to the bobbin works and procured an extinguisher from the factory. He was forced to abandon his efforts as the blaze was too strong.

The fire engine from the bobbin works arrived and a hose was placed through a window, but the hose broke. Another one was attached but that also broke. The only thing the firemen could do was take the engine closer to the chapel, which was no easy task as the chapel was perched on a steep slope, and of course, the engine was horse-drawn. By this time, Mr. J. H. Wilson had arrived and he bravely entered the chapel and threw water on the burning wood until the fire engine was working properly.

The chapel was heated by means of a stove underneath the vestry, the warm water being carried into the chapel by flues. The fire was lit as usual on the Saturday night, and it was thought the stove may have over heated and caused the blaze. Over the vestry was the orchestra, and the flames spread to the floor of this part of the building, and from there to the roof.

The vestry and orchestra and their contents were destroyed, the seats and the roof were badly blistered, and the strength of the heat broke most of the windows. The harmonium and about £15's worth of music books were destroyed. The register of baptisms and the plan of the grave yard were likewise destroyed, although the Treasurer's books survived as they were not in the building at the time. The total damage was estimated at £200

The chapel closed in 1968 and the congregation moved next door to the school, which closed in 1985 due to structural damage. The building is now derelict and in ruins. The stone walls are intact up to about 6 feet high, and it is possible to enter the area where the church stood.

The Wilson family is commemorated on the obelisk facing the entrance to the chapel

Burial Ground

As you enter the burial ground, you are faced with a welcome in the shape of a grave stone bearing the words:

Burial Ground

belonging to the former

Mount Zion Methodist Church



The following photo and inscriptions have been sent to us by Philip Dawes. John Bateson is his gt. gt. grandfather


In Memory of JOHN BATESON of Carrs Road Portsmouth near Todmorden who departed this lifeAugust 9th. 1887 aged 65 Years
Also of REBECCA, Relict of the above named John Bateson,
who departed this life JanY.10th. 1893 in her 70th. year
Also JOHN WILLIAM BATESON Grandson of the above
who departed this life Sept.10th. 1893 Aged 25 years

Also SARAH JANE, wife of JOSEPH BATESON of Kelbrook
Born Feb. 28th. 1846 died March 13th. 1901

Also RICHARD their son who fell asleep May 9th. 1904 aged 32 years


In Loving Remembrance

Private HORACE BULCOCK, West Riding Regiment,

died of wounds in France Aug. 29th 1917 aged 35 yrs.

and was interred at Dozingheve British Cemetery Poperinghe.

Private JOHN BULCOCK East Yorkshire Regiment

who fell in action in France May 3rd. 1917 aged 31 yrs.

Who gave their lives in the European War.

May their reward be as great as their sacrifice.


The following interesting graves were kindly sent to us by Capt. J.T. Collins RN.


In Memory of John RHODES of Carr Field

who died Jan 7th 1864 aged 75 yrs.

Also of Ann his wife who died Jan 2nd 1868 aged 69 yrs.

Also of Betty their daughter and wife of William BARKER who died Nov 14th 1900 aged 71 yrs.

Also of Rhoda daughter of Jared and Ann PRIESTLEY

who died at Brighton, Victoria, Australia

Jan 29th 1855 aged 13 mths.

Also of Annie their daughter who died near Moscow, Russia, Jan 21st 1864 aged 8 mths.

Also of Lillie Ann their daughter who died

at Limefield, Bury Feb 26th 1870 aged 7 mths.


Here lie Lawrence WILSON of Cornholme Bobbin Maker and Methodist


His wife and partner Alice FIELDEN


and his father Arthur WILSON



In Loving Memory of Alice the beloved wife of

Thomas GREENWOOD of 14 Cornholme Terrace

died Aug 1st 1896 aged 41 yrs.

Also of Hannah and Frank their children died in infancy

Also of Bernard their son who fell in action in France during the Great War Feb 27th 1917 aged 32 yrs.

Also of the above named Thomas GREENWOOD

of 2 Stansfield Terrace died Oct 1st 1932 in his 78th year.

Mayor of Todmorden 1921-1923

Rest in Peace

A small selection of other graves and inscriptions are shown below

In loving memory of William STANDING of Todmorden

died April 20th 1885 aged 63 years

Also Grace wife of the above died April 24th 1899 aged 71 years

Also Margaret Elizabeth their daughter

died July 5th 1862 aged 2 years and 6 months

Also John their son died July 13th 1852 aged 15 years

Also Samuel Richard their son died Feb 9th 1901 aged 32 years

Also Elizabeth wife of Amos SCHOLFIELD

who died in London Dec 31st 1901 aged 71 years


In memory of Sally wife of Abraham CRABTREE of Fieldens Terrace

who died June 11th 1866 aged 29 years.

Also of the above named Abraham CRABTREE

who died February 28th 1901 in his 65 th year.

Also of Mary his wife who died February 9th 1913 in her 81st year.

In Loving Memory of Ellen wife of Josiah CUNLIFFE of Higher Jubilee Terrace

died June 30th 1907 aged 71 years.

Also of the above named Josiah CUNLIFFE

died January 25th 1921 in his 84th year.


In Loving Memory of John GREENWOOD of Sun Terrace Cornholme

who died December 3rd 1865 aged 35 years.

Also of Hannah his wife who died at Brierfield October 17th 1912 aged 80 years.

She Hath Done What She Could


In Memory of Roger PICKLES of Knotts Grove

who departed this life May 16th 1858 aged 49 years.

Also of Hannah his wife who departed this life March 6th 1875 aged 63 years.

Also of Ellen their daughter who departed this life May 6th 1855 aged 7 years.


In memory of Ann wife of Joseph STANSFIELD of Portsmouth

who died December 24th 1849 aged 56 years.

Also of John their son who died March 1st 1848 aged 26 years.

The above were interred at Shore Chapel

Also of the above Joseph STANSFIELD who died March 1st 1854 aged 59 years.

Also of James their son who died December 30th 1874 aged 42 years.


In Affectionate Remembrance of James STOTT

The beloved husband of Hannah STOTT of Ing Bottom

Wesleyan Local Preacher

Who died Sept. 10th 1863 Aged 45 years

Also of Joseph their sono of Vale who died Decr. 21st 1865 aged 26 years

They sleep in Jesus and are Blessed  How sweet their memories are

Also of Hannah relict of the late James STOTT

who died Octbr. 3rd 1884 aged 66 years



War Memorial


Within the ruins of the chapel, there is a surprising find. It is a white marble war memorial, still intact, set in to the stone wall.

The names have been transcribed and researched by Capt. J.T. Collins and we are grateful for his permission to publish his findings. He was unable to find details of some of the men whose names appear on the memorial, but these are now available thanks to the interest and research of Philip Dawes.


In Loving Memory of the brave lads from our school and church who have fallen in the War 1914-1919

In Memory of the Heroes

They still live in the hearts of those who love them




Rank & Regiment



Date of Death

Where died

Where buried


Horace Bulcock

Private, 8th Bn., Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.)



Wednesday 29 August 1917

Died of Wounds

Dozinghem Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium

Dozingham Military Cemetery


John Bulcock

Private,12th Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment



Thursday 3 May 1917


No known grave


Allan Crabtree              

Walter Crowther

"B" Bty. 312th Bde., Royal Field Artillery



Monday 24 June 1918

Died of Wounds following a bombing raid over Doullens on 30 May 1918

Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France

Son of James Mary Crowther, of 86, Carrs View, Portsmouth.

Robert Henry Crabtree

Private 2nd Bn., Middlesex Regiment



Thursday 16 August 1917


No known grave

Son of Levi and Martha Ann Stansfield, of 17, Victoria St., Cornholme

Samuel Flood

Private, 3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment



Friday 26 April 1918


No known grave


Harry Graham

Private, 1st /5th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)



Wednesday 26 December 1917

Died of Wounds

Casualty Clearing station, Ypres

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Son of Arthur and Ann Graham, of Cornholme

Bernard Greenwood

Private, 16th Bn., West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)



Tuesday 27 February 1917

Rossignol Wood

Owltrench Cemetery, pas de Calais, France

Husband of Mabel Annie Greenwood, of 13, Brookfield Terrace, Cornholme


James Hussey

Private, 2nd /5th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers



Monday 11 September 1916

Delville Wood Salient

Delville Wood Cemetary, Longueval, Somme, France


Edgar Judson

Private, 7th Bn., Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)



Saturday 8 June 1918

Died of Wounds

No. 8 General Hospital, Boisguillaume

Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery, Seine-Maritime, France

Son of Richard and Susannah Judson, of Cornholme

Edgar Knowles              
John Law              

Walter Law

Private, "D" Coy. 2nd Bn., Devonshire Regiment



Wednesday 27 March 1918

Somme Offensive

No known grave, Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

Son of Sam and Sarah Alice Law, of 878, Burnley Rd., Cornholme

James Lord

Private, 10th Bn., Devonshire Regiment



Saturday 12 October 1918


Kirechkoi-Hrtakoi Military Cemetery, Greece

Husband of Nellie Lord, of 712, Burnley Rd., Holme House, Cornholme and son of Albeson and Sarah Lord of Cornholme

Willie Lord 13th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers 27 46754 2nd April 1917    Arras Memorial, France son of Albeson and Sarah Lord of Cornholme

Ralph Lofthouse

Private, 1st /7th Bn., Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.)



Saturday 7 April 1917


St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg- L'Avoue, Pas de Calais, France


Leonard Jas. Morris

Private, 1st /3rd Welch Field Amb, Royal Army Medical Corps



Wednesday 3 April 1918


Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel



Wm. Alfred Pearson

Private, 2nd Bn., East Lancashire Regiment



Wednesday 10 February 1915

Died of Wounds

Dressing station, Windy Corner

Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner. Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, France

Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Pearson, of 7, Rose View, Portsmouth.

Wilfred Sharp              
Alfred Spencer              

Harry Sutcliffe

Private, 2nd Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry



Tuesday 9 April 1918

Not Recorded

Shore Baptist Chapel, Nr. Cornholme

Son of John William and Martha Sutcliffe, of 936, Burnley Rd., Cornholme.

John Walker              

Albert Wall

Private, 1st Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers



Wednesday 25 October 1916

Battle of Flers-Corcelette

Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, Somme, France

Son of James and Sarah Wall, of 16, Stansfield Terrace, Cornholme

John Widdup

Private, 4th Bn., Grenadier Guards



Tuesday 16 April 1918

Died of Wounds

No. 9, British Red Cross Hospital, Hazebrouck.

Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Son of Mrs. M. E. Widdup, of 876, Burnley Rd., Cornholme.

James Wood

Private, 1st Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers



Sunday 20 January 1918

The battles of the Ypres Salient

No known grave Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium


Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wood, of 10, Shackleton St., Cornholme

Two memorials exist in this churchyard to casualties of the 2nd World War.

John William Mallison

Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Artillery




In December 1943 alone, the 1st Canadian Division suffered over 500 fatalities in the battles at Moro and Ortona, Italy

Moro River Canadian war Cemetery  

Son of John and Harriet Mallison, of Cornholme

(listed as Canadian citizen).

Sam Lord

Private, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders





Syracuse War Cemetery, Sicily

Husband of Doris Lord.