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). Two interior views - 1, 2, both Gerard Charmley (2023). Grade II listed, wherein its opening is dated to 1871.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Halifax Road. SE 2385 2263. Bill Henderson.

Church of the Nazarene, a former textile workers club on Old Westgate and Webster Hill. SE 2427 2151. David Regan (2010).

Dewsbury Cemetery, on Ravenshouse Road and Burgh Mill Lane has two chapels - North Chapel (Nonconformist, SE 2325 2115) and South Chapel (CoE, SE 2326 2112) , both derelict. Both David Regan (2011). Both chapels date from 1859, and both are listed as grade II - North, South,

Dewsbury Gospel Church on Halifax Road and Willans Road, in a former Temperance Hall. SE 2431 2205. David Regan (2010). By 2012 the Dewsbury Gospel Church sign had been taken down (Streetview), and in 2023 it was Charis Bible College (Streetview).

Dewsbury Revival Centre (Branch Christian Ministries), formerly St. Mark, on Halifax Road. Its grade II listing dates it to 1862-5. SE 2391 2236. Bill Henderson. When Bill took this photo, St. Mark had ceased to be used as a church. David Regan advised in 2011 of the D.R.C. church having opened in 2010 - see Link. Wallace Hartley, famously the band leader on the Titanic, played the organ at St. Mark's. Another view, David Regan (2023).

Dewsbury Spiritualist Church on Wellington Road. Circa SE 2437 2171. David Regan (2011). Link.

Friends Meeting House on Bradford Road. SE 2447 2228. David Regan (2011).

The former Glory Band Tabernacle on Bradford Road was a dance hall in the 1940's. SE 2448 2226. David Regan (2010).

Longcauseway Church (Methodist and U.R.C.) on Longcauseway was originally Ebenezer Congregational Church (and later U.R.C.), of 1884. Two interior views - 1, 2. SE 2463 2167. All Gerard Charmley (2023). Link. Grade II listed.

Madni Masjid, which stands between Halifax Road and Northgate, was originally Salem Methodist Chapel. The photo is of the Northgate frontage - the Halifax Road frontage can be seen on the appended listing. SE 2451 2195. David Regan (2010). Link. Grade II listed, wherein it's dated to 1863.

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.

The 25" O.S. map of 1907 show a Mission Room at the junction of Boothroyd Lane and Hanover Street at SE 2376 2172. The two houses at the centre of this 2015 Streetview stand on its site.

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. Link.

Moorlands Wesleyan Methodist Chapel used to stand on Boothroyd Lane and Moorlands Road, at SE 2382 2179. It's dated here, where there is an illustration, to 1877. As it seems to be an architects drawing, the church may have differed, but I can't find a photo to prove it one way or the other. Its site is seen here (2020 Streetview) - the chapel stood where the tallest tree is, behind the house. There were school  buildings associated with the church, a little further west along Boothroyd Lane. An illustration can be seen here (the bottom right quarter).

Mount Tabor Community Church (1864) at Shaw Cross. It shows on a map of 1893 as Mount Tabor Chapel (Meth New Connexion). SE 2637 2318. Gerard Charmley (2017). Link.

Our Lady and St. Paulinus (R.C.) on Cemetery Road and Huddersfield Road. SE 2379 2129. Bill Henderson. Another view, David Regan (2011), and another, Gerard Charmley (2023). 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).

Another Primitive Methodist Chapel stood on School Lane, Dewsbury Moor at SE 2275 2223. Its site (beneath the house and extending to the right) was seen by Streetview in 2023. It's mentioned here at the bottom of the entry as having dates 1860-1968.

St. James's Mission Church used to stand on Vulcan Road. The road used to carry on along what is now the grass strip between the two rows of house seen in a 2022 Streetview. The church stood about half way along the grass, extending under the housing to the right. It pre-dates a map of 1884, and survived into the 1950's at least. SE 2410 2175.

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 on Boothroyd Lane, Boothroyd. SE 2316 2178. Bill Henderson. Link.

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

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 on Cemetery Road and Huddersfield Road is now used as sheltered accommodation. SE 2372 2122. Bill Henderson.

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.

Old O.S. maps show an otherwise un-labelled Chapel on Boothroyd Lane at SE 2354 2178. Pre-dating a map of 1907, it shows as active until the 1" edition of 1955, and seems to have gone out of use by 1961. Seen here in an old photo from Gerard Charmley's Collection, it has been converted into a house (some minor architectural similarities show that it wasn't just a demolition and new build). Gerard Charmley (2023), who advises that the chapel was Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel, dating from 1873-1949, a splinter from Staincliffe Baptist.

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).

Dewsbury Evangelical Church on Crakenedge Lane. This source reveals it to have originally been Bethel Primitive Methodist Chapel, dating it to 1850. It's unclear how long it lasted as a P.M. Chapel, as maps of 1894, 1907, 1922, and 1942 all fail to show it as a place of worship (in 1942 it's labelled simply as "Hall"). SE 2469 2203. David Regan (2010). Since David took his photo, the congregation has left and now meet in a modern, former commercial building which stands on Central Street. SE 2403 2159. Gerard Charmley (2023). Link. The older building has changed use, and Streetviews show it to have been a nursery (2014), and by 2022, Masjid Salahaddin.
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) on Vicarage Road. SE 2417 2032. David Regan (2010). Link, wherein it's dated to 1856-8. Grade II listed.
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Lees Hall Road. It stands on the site of a building shown on a map of 1893 as Meeting House (Christian Brethren), and on a map of 1922 as Independent Methodist Church. SE 2443 1941. David Regan (2011).
Masjid Noor and Education Centre on Lees Hall Road, as seen by Streetview in 2023. It's marked on older maps as a Sunday School, whose Wesleyan Methodist Chapel stood in what is now the Masjid's car park. When the chapel was demolished, the Sunday school became the chapel. An old photo of it from when it was the chapel can be seen here. The demolished Thornhill Lees Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Photo is on an external website (link advised by David Regan). SE 2402 1953. Link.
The former Primitive Methodist Chapel on Lees Hall Road, now in use as a Community Centre. SE 2417 1942. David Regan (2011).
The vacant site of the demolished St. John the Baptist on Lees Hall Road, as seen by Streetview in 2023. Absent from a map of 1893, it had been built by 1907. This source, which has an illustration, says it was later St. Anne (R.C.). SE 2475 1945.

West Town
Markazi Jamia Masjid-e-Madina, on High Street, West Town. David Regan (2011). Link.
The rather bizarre West Town Providence Chapel on Thornton Street and Tweedale Gardens, originally Providence Independent Methodist Chapel, of 1873. Another view. SE 2380 2160. Both David Regan (2011). Two interior views - 1, 2, and another of the "Men's Institute" in the attached Sunday School block, all Gerard Charmley (2023). Link





23 August 2023

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