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YORK STREET WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, TODMORDEN

The chapel was in the two cottages on the left.

Photo by kind permission of Roger Birch

The Todmorden Methodists with a Wesleyan persuasion first met in 1748 at Chapel House in the town. In 1783, the congregation moved to a purpose built chapel at Mount Pleasant, Doghouse, in Todmorden, and the following year on July 12th they were treated to a visit from John Wesley himself. This chapel was on land owned by Samuel Fielden as part of the White Hart Inn Estate that was sold to John Greenwood of Langfield, a Quaker, in 1786. For many years, the congregation would meet at this chapel for prayers and a service and then walk down the hill to St. Mary's to listen to the sermon.
   
The congregation grew over the years and by 1820, the building was too small to accommodate all the worshippers. A temporary place of worship was in a building on the site of the present Town Hall and that served its purpose until 1827 when a new chapel and Sunday school were ready on York Street.

Photo by kind permission of Roger Birch

   
Traditionally, the Methodists were inclined to fall out in the 19th century, and it was no different at York Street. A group, disenchanted with the internal workings of the chapel, broke away to form their own Society in 1837. They met in the Sunday school for a while, later moving to the Mechanics Institute and then to their own new chapel, Bridge Street United Free Methodist Chapel.
   

The Central Methodist Church, previously

the York St. Sunday School

Back at York Street, there was a major refurbishment to the Sunday school and Chapel in 1837 that lasted until 1906. In that year, a new Sunday school was built, which is now the present Central Methodist Church in Todmorden.

   
The first stone of the new school was laid by Caleb Hoyle JP., the first Mayor of Todmorden, on 6th. May 1906, and two stones were laid on behalf of the Sunday School by the two Superintendents, James A. Hirst and Samuel Dawson on 23rd. June 1906. The remainder of the corner stones were laid by other members of the Congregation, whose names are engraved in the stone:
   
David H. Astin   Thomas E. Halstead
Joseph Baume   Robert H. Hoyle
Edward Clayton   Annie Lord
Hannah Clegg   Abraham Marshall
James W. Cockcroft   James Mills
Frank Crossley   John Pearson
John Dawson   Emily Pickles
Thomas Dawson   Halstead Pickles
Nancy Elsworth   Ruth Speak
Alfred Fairbourne Jackson Stansfield
John W. Fielden   Georgina Stephenson
Lord Fielden   James Sutcliffe
Elizabeth Fletcher   Sugden Sutcliffe CC.

 

The chapel closed in 1942 and the congregation made friends and amalgamated with those from Bridge Street Chapel. The building was used as a storage depot and school meals centre before being bought in 1919 by the Ministry of Transport. During July 1962, the building was demolished.

The West Yorkshire Archives at Halifax hold the

marriage registers from 1899 to 1941

http://www.archives.wyjs.org.uk/index.htm

 

There is no burial ground.

Deeds

 

The following deeds relating to this Chapel are held in the West Riding Registry of Deeds. The reference number is shown alongside the details. For further information on the registry, see

http://www.archives.wyjs.org.uk/rodab.html

The information was kindly researched and supplied by Alan Longbottom to whom we are very grateful.

1862

Todmorden Wesleyan Methodist Chapel   1862 XH 173 203

Memorial of an Indenture Registered at Wakefield 19th November 1862 dated 18th February 1862. Between:

  • Gilbert Lacy of Lacy House, Underbanks near Todmorden cotton spinner
  • John Lacy of Underbank, Todmorden cotton spinner and manufacturer
  • David Lacy of Stoodley Hall near Todmorden cotton spinner and manufacturer
  • Francis Roper of Halifax, ironmonger
  • George Fairbourn of Todmorden draper
  • William Holden of Todmorden factory operative
  • William Veevers of Todmorden wharfinger

all of the 1st part

 
  • John Fearby Sutcliffe of Willow Hall nr Sowerby Bridge manufacturer
  • George Mallinson of Huddersfield gentleman
  • William Heap of Halifax draper
  • Samuel Denton of Gateshead co Durham draper

all of the 2nd party

 

  • William Houlding of Todmorden shoemaker
  • John Greenwood of Todmorden canal agent
  • John Barritt of Hanging Ditch in Todmorden manufacturer
  • Joseph Firth the younger of Todmorden joiner
  • Thomas Dawson of Langfield farmer
  • Edwin Merrall of Stoodley Bridge Cottage cotton manufacturer
  • Abraham Marshall of Bridgeroyd near Todmorden cotton manufacturer
  • John Butterworth of Todmorden joiner
  • Lawrence Ashworth of Todmorden chapel keeper
  • Joseph Gill of Todmorden cotton manufacturer
  • Henry Edmonds of Halifax ironmonger
  • William Mewburn of Halifax stockbroker
  • William Dyer of Halifax druggist all of the County of York
  • Joseph Baume of Todmorden clogger
  • John Robinson of Todmorden grocer
  • John Highley of Todmorden shoemaker
  • John Todd of Todmorden book agent, all of the County of Lancaster

All of the third part.

 

Of and concerning all that plot of land or ground situate and being in Langfield, formerly part of a certain close of land called the Mytholmes, the estate and inheritance of one Joshua Barnes Fielden which said Plot contained by admeasurement 648 superficial square yards or thereabouts, and is more particularly described in the Plan thereof drawn in the Margin of an Indenture of Lease the 12th December 1839, and made between

  • Joshua Barnes Fielden of the one part
  • Henry Lacy of the other part and is therein coloured yellow.

And also the Chapel or Meeting house, dwellinghouse, and Buildings erected on the said plot of land with the appurtenances. And which said now memorializing Indenture as to the execution thereof by:

  • Gilbert Lacy
  • John Lacy
  • William Holden
  • John Greenwood
  • John Barritt
  • Joseph Firth
  • Thomas Dawson
  • Edwin Merrall
  • Abraham Marshal
  • John Butterworth
  • Lawrence Ashworth
  • Joseph Gill
  • Joseph Baume
  • John Robinson
  • John Highley
  • John Todd

 

was witnessed by James Stansfield of Ewood, Todmorden gentleman.

 

And as to execution by

  • David Lacy
  • Francis Roper
  • George Fairbourn
  • William Veever
  • John Fearby Sutcliffe
  • George Mallinson
  • William Heap
  • Henry Edmunds
  • William Dyer

 

was witnessed by Thomas Dunn, of York Street Todmorden, Wesleyan Minister.

 

And as to execution by Samuel Denton was witnessed by Edward Horton of Gateshead Wesleyan Minister. And as to execution by William Halstead was witnessed by Joseph Little of Hebden Bridge Wesleyan Minister. And as to execution by William Mewburn was witnessed by Thomas Barker of Manchester stockbroker. Which said indenture is required to be registered by William Houlding

 

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  1873

Todmorden Wesleyan Chapel   1873 687 450 514

Memorial Registered at Wakefield 25th March 1873 dated 21st January 1873 Between:-

  • John Lacy of Underbank Hall near Todmorden, cotton spinner
  • John Greenwood of Burnely co Lancaster, town missionary
  • Joseph Firth of Wellington Road, Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • Thomas Dawson of Langfield near Todmorden, farmer
  • Abraham Marshall of Calder Bank, near Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • John Butteerworth of Todmorden, joiner
  • Lawrence Ashworth of Todmorden, chapel keeper
  • Joseph Gill of Todmorden, weaver
  • William Mewburn of Wykham Park near Banbury county Oxford, stock broker
  • Joseph Baume of Todmorden, clogger
  • John Highley, fmly of Todmorden, shoemaker
  • John Todd, fmly of Todmorden but now of Dumfries, book agent

all of the 1st part

  • Edwin Merrall fmly of Todmorden, now of Australia
  • Henry Edmunds of Halifax, ironmonger
  • William Dyer of Halifax, druggist
  • John Robinson of Sheffield, grocer

 

all of the 2nd part  

  • Joseph Widdup of Blind Lane, Todmorden, mill manager
  • Alfred Fairbourn of Todmorden, draper
  • Peter Picton of Todmorden, tailor
  • Caleb Hoyle of Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • John Pearson of Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • John Howarth of Todmorden, grocer
  • James Edward Mitchell of Todmorden, weaver
  • Barker Crossley of Hollins in Walsden, clog iron manufacturer
  • William Henry Sandbach of Manchester, merchant
  • William Longbotham of Todmorden, surgeon
  • James Mills of Todmorden, hatter
  • John Henry Barritt of Todmorden, [yarn agent]

all of the 3rd part

 

  • Reverend John Hornby of Todmorden, the Superintendent Preacher of the 4th part

 

 

Of and concerning all that plot of land or ground situate and being in Langfield formerly part of a certain close of land there called the Mytholme, late the estate and inheritance of Joshua Barens Fielden, which said plot contains by admeasurement 648 superficial square yards or thereabouts and is more particularly described in the plan thereof drawn in the margin of an Indenture of Lease bearing date 12 th December 1839, and made between Joshua Barnes Fielden of the one part and Henry Lacy of the other part, and is therein coloured Yellow.

 

And also all that chapel or meeting house, dwellinghouse and buildings erected on the said plot of land. Together with the appurtenances.

 

Witness to most of the executions of the said deed was John Edwin Craven of Todmorden, solicitor.

 

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1873

Todmorden School Lane Wesleyan School   1873 687 451 515

Memorial of an Indenture registered at Wakefield 25th March 1873 and dated 21st January 1873 Between:-

 

  • John Lacy of Underbank Hall near Todmorden, cotton spinner of the 1st part and

 

  • John Greenwood of Burnely co Lancaster, town missionary
  • Joseph Firth of Wellington Road, Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • Thomas Dawson of Langfield near Todmorden, farmer
  • Abraham Marshall of Calder Bank, near Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • John Butteerworth of Todmorden, joiner
  • Lawrence Ashworth of Todmorden, chapel keeper
  • Joseph Gill of Todmorden, weaver
  • William Mewburn of Wykham Park near Banbury county Oxford, stock broker
  • Joseph Baume of Todmorden, clogger
  • John Highley, formerly of Todmorden, shoemaker
  • John Todd, formerly of Todmorden but now of Dumfries, book agent
  • Joseph Widdup of Blind Lane, Todmorden, mill manager
  • Alfred Fairbourn of Todmorden, draper
  • Peter Picton of Todmorden, tailor
  • Caleb Hoyle of Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • Edgar Fairbourn of Todmorden, draper
  • John Pearson of Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • John Howarth of Todmorden, grocer
  • James Edward Mitchell of Todmorden, weaver
  • Barker Crossley of Hollins in Walsden, clog iron manufacturer
  • William Henry Sandbach of Manchester, merchant
  • William Longbotham of Todmorden, surgeon
  • James Mills of Todmorden, hatter
  • John Henry Barritt of Todmorden, [yarn agent]

all of the 2nd

 

  • Reverend John Hornby of Todmorden Superintendent Preacher of the 3rd part.

 

Of and concerning all that plot of land or ground situate and being in Langfield formerly part of a certain close of land there called the Mytholme, as the same was formerly set out and extending on the northerly and southerly sides thereof 19 and a quarter yards, and on the westerly and easterly sides, 18 yards, containing in the whole by admeasurement 346 and a half square yards or thereabouts, which said plot was bounded by on the northerly side by Back Lane Street, on the southerly side by School Lane, on the westerly side by premises demised to George Crabtree and on the easterly side by other parts of the said close and which said plot was also delineated in the plan thereof drawn in the margin of a certain Indenture bearing date 27th September 1847 and made between James Fielden and William Howarth of the 1st part and Hannah Hyatt of the 2nd part. And Joseph Firth of the 3rd part and thereon coloured Pink.

 

And also the School and other buildings erected or which might thereafter be erected on the said plot of land.

 

And also right and liberty of the said Joseph Firth [of Oddfellows Hall] his executors and administrators and assigns, to insert one service pipe (not exceeding a quarter of an inch in diameter) into a certain main pipe laid from a Reservoir situate in Scout Wood within Langfield aforesaid, into and along School Lane for supplying water for the purposes connected with the said School but no other. And also the like liberty at any time thereafter, to insert into the said main pipe, and additional service pipe of half an inch in diameter, for every 115 square yards of land thereby demised for supplying water for domestic purposes of the occupiers of and building then or thereafter to be erected on the said plot of land on payment of an additional rent of 3 pence for every square yard of land which should be supplied with water with such additional pipes. Together with the appurtenances thereto belonging, reserving unto the said James Fielden and William Howarth, or any other the person or persons entitled to the reversion and inheritance of the said premises liberty to erect any buildings against the eastern side of any buildings that might be erected on the extreme easterly side of the said plot of land and for that purpose to lie any timber or other materials into or upon such easterly side by paying the said Joseph Firth of Oddfellows Hall, his executors, administrators or assigns, one half of the cost thereof.

 

And which said now memorializing Indenture is witnessed by John Edwin Craven of Todmorden solicitor.

 

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1884

 

 

Todmorden Wesleyan Methodist Connexion   1884 915 440 573

Memorial of Indenture Registered at Wakefield 15th December 1884 and dated 1st September 1884 Between:-  

  • Eli Higham of Wood Nook, Accrington in the county of Lancaster, cotton manufacturer
  • Joshua Henry Wilson or Cornholme near Todmorden, bobbin mfr and timber merchant

 

Both of the 1st part  

  • Caleb Hoyle of Todmorden, cotton spinner and manufacturer
  • Abraham Marshall of Calder House, Springside near Todmorden, cotton spinner and mfr
  • Joseph Baume of Gauxholme near Todmorden, clogger
  • Joseph Widdop of Todmorden, mill manager
  • Joseph Firth of Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • Alfred Fairbourn of Todmorden, draper
  • John Greenwood of Burnley in county Lancaster, town missionary
  • Thomas Dawson of Langfield, Todmorden, farmer
  • John Butterworth of Todmorden, joiner
  • Lawrence Ashworth of Todmorden, chapel keeper
  • Joseph Gill of Todmorden, weaver
  • William Mewburn of Wykham Park near Banbury county Oxford, stock broker
  • John Highley, formerly of Todmorden now of Blackpool county Lancaster shoemaker
  • John Todd, formerly of Todmorden but now of Dumfries, book agent
  • Peter Picton of Todmorden, tailor
  • Edgar Fairbourn formerly of Todmorden, draper now in the Dominion of Canada
  • John Pearson of Todmorden cotton manufacturer
  • John Howarth of Burnley count Lancaster, grocer
  • James Edward Mitchell of Todmorden, cotton manufacturer
  • Barker Crossley of Hollins in Walsden near Todmorden, clog iron manufacturer
  • James Mills of Todmorden hatter
  • John Henry Barritt, late of Todmorden, yarn agent, now residing in America

 

The present Trustees of a certain Indenture of the 18th February 1862 affecting a Chapel or place of religious worship with the appurtenances thereto convenient for the use of the people called Methodists erected in York Street in Todmorden aforesaid of the 2nd part.

Of and concerning all that plot of land in Stansfield in the parish of Halifax, originally set out and intended to form part of the carriageway in Byrom Street which was then intended to be 12 yards wide, but which land was then used partly as a garden, and for the site of a footpath, curbstones, channel-stones, and grates and a carriageway then commonly called Byrom Street - bounded on the south easterly side by property belonging to Mr. Ormerod, south-westerly by other part of Byrom Street, conveyed or intended to be conveyed to John Stead, north-westerly by property of the purchasees conveyed by a certain indenture of the 20 th June 1872, and then known as no 34 Byrom Street, and north-easterly by Garden Street aforesaid and measuring on the south-easterly and north-westerly sides, 34 feet 6 inches, and on the south-westerly and north-easterly sides 30 feet and containing in the whole 115 superficial square yards or thereabouts, be the same more or less together with the appurtenances.

 

But subject to all existing rights of road way, air, light, water, watercourse, drainage or other rights, easements and privileges therein mentioned. And reserving unto the vendors, their heirs and assigns all necessary rights of way, water, and other easements in over and under such parts of the land thereby conveyed, as then formed the site of the carriageway and footpath of Byrom Street aforesaid. And right to continue their water mains and pipes along in or under the same Street.

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