Baptist Particular Chapel, New North Road, Huddersfield
- appears on maps: 1890 [#63], 1905 [#33]
- location on map: New North Road (now New North Parade), Huddersfield
- status: no longer exists
- category: church or chapel
The early Baptist worshipers in Huddersfield initially made use of a room on Spring Street before moving to a room on King Street in 1847. They then purchased the former Unitarian Chapel on Bath Street, opening it as a Baptist chapel in 1855.
The Baptist chapel on New North Road was built 1875/6 with "seats for 800" and the Bath Street chapel was used as a Sunday School until 1882 when a new Sunday School was built nearby on Towning Row. The chapel was demolished in 1971 to allow for the construction of the town's ring road, with the current New North Road Baptist Church being built nearby on New North Parade.
The Baptists of Yorkshire (1912) by Rev. C.E. Shipley:
The New North Road Church, Huddersfield, was constituted on February 15th, 1846, and numbered fifteen members from Lockwood, four from Salendine Nook, and one from a Manchester Church. It was not the first effort made to establish a Church in the centre of the town, two previous attempts having proved but fugitive. For four years the Itinerant Society supplied the pulpit in the Spring Street schoolroom, which was the Church’s home. In 1850 they removed to a larger room in King Street, but, at the close of the year, an unfortunate division led to the withdrawal of sixteen members, nearly all of whom in the course of time returned to the fellowship. The Rev. W.K. Armstrong took the oversight of the Church from 1851 to 1853, and the growing necessity for a chapel led to the purchase of the chapel in Bath Buildings, which, having been built by the Socialists in 1839, was then leased to the Unitarians. After some necessary alterations it was opened on April 18th, 1855. The Rev. John Hanson accepted the pastorate in 1856, and remained for nineteen years, supported by the unbroken affection of his people. Towards the close of his ministry a project for the building of a new chapel took definite shape, the foundation stone of the New North Road chapel being laid a few mouths before Mr. Hanson left. The building was opened on April 16th, 1878, its total cost having been £12,716. In September, 1877, the Rev. E.T. Scammell commenced his pastorate in the old chapel, which after the removal to New North Road was used for school purposes, but in 1882 new school premises were erected, costing £3400. In 1881 an extremely fine organ was presented to the Church by Mr. John Shaw, of Botham Hall. Mr. Scammell, who resigned in 1882, was followed by Rev. F.J. Benskin, in 1884, who maintained a devoted and successful pastorate until his removal, in 1901, to Bath. Here, after a brief ministry, his health failed, and he retired from active service to pass away at the close of 1905. “Diligent and faithful, he had the secret of a loving heart, and has left behind him a very fragrant memory.” The present pastor, Rev. R.C. Ford, M.A., commenced his ministry in December, 1902. In the following year the premises were subjected to a complete renovation, the cost of over £600 being at once met. In 1909 the debt on the entire premises was liquidated. In 1907, sixteen members were dismissed to form a separate Church at Birkby, and in 1908 the services of a deaconess were engaged for helpful work amongst the people of the immediate neighbourhood. New North Road expresses her thankfulness “for all that is being done by the Church to maintain the tone of clear, exalted piety, and to build up calm, consistent righteousness in an age when there is much to allure to indifference, and not a little in some quarters to bring the foundations of religion into jeopardy, if not into contempt.”