The Churches of Britain and Ireland


Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

Dewsbury on Wikipedia.

Churches at Earlsheaton, Eastborough, Ravensthorpe, Thornhill Lees, West Town.

All Saints Minster. Although probably founded in the 7th century, the present building is mostly from the rebuild of 1767 by John Carr. SE 2459 2153. Bill Henderson. Another view, Stan Walker, and another, David Regan (2021). Link. Grade II* listed.

Baptist Church on Manor Street. SE 2479 2183. Bill Henderson. Another view, David Regan (2020). Link. Grade II listed.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Halifax Road. SE 238 226. Bill Henderson.

Church of the Nazarene, a former textile club. David Regan (2010).

Dewsbury Cemetery, North Chapel and South Chapel, both derelict. Both David Regan (2011). Link.

Dewsbury Evangelical Church. David Regan (2010). Link.

Dewsbury Gospel Hall, in a former Temperance Hall. David Regan (2010).

Dewsbury Revival Centre (Branch Christian Ministries), formerly St. Mark. Bill Henderson. When Bill took this photo, St. Mark had ceased to be used as a church. David Regan advised in 2011 of the new church having opened in 2010 - see Link.

Dewsbury Spiritualist Church. David Regan (2011). Link.

Friends Meeting House. David Regan (2011).

The former Glory Band Tabernacle, was a dance hall in the 1940's. David Regan (2010).

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. David Regan (2011).

The shared central Methodist and Elim Pentecostal church. Bill Henderson. David Regan has advised (in 2011) that the building has now been bought outright by Elim, and that the Methodists no longer worship here.

Moorend Lane Chapel at Dewsbury Moor, in 1910. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan. Janet Gimber has been looking at old maps, and advises that the church has been demolished, and housing built on the site. The church was built in 1874, and re-built in 1934, so the photo shows the earlier building. It still shows as surviving on the 1989 map. Janet has also found evidence for it having finally closed in 1994. It was variously known as Zion Primitive Methodist Chapel, and later Kilpin Hill Zion Primitive Methodist Church.

A Mosque was previously Salem Chapel. David Regan (2010).

Mount Tabor Community Church (1864) at Shaw Cross. Gerard Charmley (2017). Link.

The site of the Primitive Methodist Chapel, which stood at the junction of Wellington Road and Wheelwright Street. Its My Primitive Methodists entry dates the original chapel to 1865-6, replaced on the same site by a re-build of 1886, and closure circa 1944. The surviving Sunday School is shown in David's photo; the chapel stood in what is now the car park to the right, gable-end to the road. SE 2424 2162. David Regan (2020).

The site of the demolished St. John the Baptist at Daw Green, as seen by the Streetview van in 2015. Dates are 1885-1960's (source). A photo of the church is available here. SE 2390 2155.

St. John the Evangelist at Boothroyd. Bill Henderson.

St. Joseph (R.C.). David Regan (2011). Link.

The former St. Mark is on Halifax Road. Its grade II listing dates it to 1862-5. SE 2391 2236. David Regan (2023).

The former St. Mary at Savile Town, demolished in the mid-1960's. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan.

The former St. Matthew (now used as sheltered accommodation). Bill Henderson.

St. Paulinus (R.C.). Bill Henderson. Another view. David Regan (2011). Link.

St. Thomas More (R.C.) at Chickenley. David Regan (2011). Link.

The former Springfield Chapel on Halifax Road, demolished in the 1950's. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan.

The demolished Trinity Chapel (1870). This was Congregational, and stood on Halifax and Wellington Roads, at SE 2447 2198. The congregation merged with Dewsbury Ebenezer, forming Dewsbury United Congregational Church in 1907-8. While both churches continued in use for some years, Trinity Chapel went out of use in the early 1920's, and by 1933 it was a cinema, becoming the Rex Social Club in the 1980's. It was knocked down in the 1985 to make way for a new road. Photo is on an external website. The site today can be seen here on Google Streetview, and the people on the central reservation would have been standing close to the nearest corner of the church railings in the photo.

U.R.C. on Long Causeway. This was originally Ebenezer Congregational Church. SE 2464 2167. Bill Henderson. Another view, David Regan (2020). Link. Grade II listed.

The site of the demolished Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Chickenley. It stood where the leftmost house now stands. A photo of the chapel is available here. SE 2692 2125. David Regan (2020).

Westborough Methodist Church on Green Lane, Westborough. David advises that this was originally United Methodist. SE 2325 2246. David Regan (2023). Grade II listed, wherein it's dated to 1876.

Former Church on Swindon Road. This was at one time Elim Pentecostal Church. It was then leased to New Horizons church, which has since moved out. David says it has obviously been extensively restored recently, but he doesn't know what its intended future use will be. To judge by appearances, the church is also older than its use by the Elim Church. SE 2434 2199. David Regan (2011). In fact it was a Unitarian Church (1866). These, and many other old engravings on this website, are reproduced from the downloadable books on the Unitarian Church Headquarters website here. The books are Pictures of Unitarian Churches by Emily Sharpe (1901) and the 1914 edition of Nonconformist Church Architecture by Ronald P. Jones M.A, (Oxon), and the images are reproduced by kind permission of James Barry of Unitarian Church Headquarters. My appreciation also to Mike Berrell for his efforts in this regard.

The former Earlsheaton Methodist Chapel, demolished in the 1970's. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan.
Earlsheaton U.R.C. is the former Highfield school. David Regan (2010).
The long-demolished Highfield Chapel, which also shows St. Peter as well. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan.
St. Peter's church is a former school. David Regan (2010).

St. Philip on Leeds Road. Interior view. SE 2494 2201. Photos are on an external website. Link advised by David Regan.
The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Battye Street and Pepper Royd Street. It has a date-stone for 1884.
SE 2499 2206. David Regan (2020).

Markazi Jamia Masjid Anwar-e-Madina Suffa-tul-Islam stands on Crawshaw Street at SE 2276 2045. It can also be seen on Streetview here. David Regan (2011). Link.
North Road Mosque, formerly North Road Chapel. The Wesleyan congregation was first established in about 1861 in a building known as Canker Dyke Chapel, on Duke Street. A map of the 1880's may show this building (though it is unmarked) - if correct, its grid reference will be circa SE 2211 2032. Just a few years later, in about 1864, they moved into a newly-built chapel on North Road. Another chapel (the present building) was built adjacent to the earlier one in the early 1890's, and the old chapel then became the Sunday School. This can be seen here on Streetview. The Methodist Church was closed in 1996. SE 2223 2043. David Regan (2011). Link.
The former Primitive Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road and George Street, now in commercial use. SE 2203 2017. David Regan (2011).
Ravensthorpe Congregational Church. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan. Janet Gimber has been studying old maps, and has advised that this church has been demolished, and that the site is now the car park for the Ravensthorpe with Hopton U.R.C. It had been built by the time the 1889 map was made, and seems to have been demolished between 1983 (when it still shows) and the 1989/1993 map, when the present layout had been established.
Ravensthorpe East End Methodist Chapel, which stood on Huddersfield Road at SE 2272 2041. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan. Janet Gimber, by studying old maps, has established the following history. Built before 1889, when it shows on the map as Methodist New Connexion, by 1938 it was "UM", so United Methodist, and on the 1955/6 map, as Ravensthorpe Gospel Hall, Christian Brethren. It had been demolished by the time of the 1974/1983 map, and the site is now a garage - seen on Streetview here.
St. Saviour. Another view. Both David Regan (2011). Link, which explains that the church was built in two stages - the West end in the 1860's, and the transepts and chancel at the very end of the 19th century. A news items concerning the 150th anniversary - 1, 2. Grade II listed.

Thornhill Lees
Holy Innocents (CoE). David Regan (2010).
Former Primitive Methodist Chapel, now in use as a Community Centre. David Regan (2011).
Thornhill Lees Methodist Chapel. Photo is on an external website. Link advised by David Regan. Janet Gimber advises that this has been demolished (probably in the 1960's or 1970's), and is now the site of the car park for the present Thornhill Lees Wesleyan Methodist Church, which seems to have been converted from the Sunday School of the old chapel.

West Town
Markazi Jamia Masjid-e-Madina, on High Street, West Town. David Regan (2011). Link.
The rather bizarre West Town Providence Chapel. Another view. Both David Regan (2011).





04 March 2023

Steve Bulman

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