Ramsden Street Congregational Chapel, Huddersfield

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The foundation stone was laid in July 1824, reportedly on a site which "used to be a favourite haunt of mushroom gatherers in the early days of the 19th century". The chapel — which was also known as Ramsden Street Independent — was opened in December 1825 and cost around £6,500, with £5 18s having been spent on "beer for workmen".[1]

A number of young men in the Sunday School formed the Ramsden Street Chapel Mutual Improvement Society in 1867.[2]

After the church closed in October 1933 — "because of lack of support and financial difficulties" — Huddersfield Corporation purchased the building in order to secure a site for the new library.[3] Demolition work was underway by February 1936 and the foundation stone of the Public Library & Art Gallery was laid on 30 October 1937.[4]

The replacement church for the Ramsden Street congregation was built on the Bracken Hall housing estate between 1939 and 1940 at an estimated cost of £3,400, and opened on 24 August 1940.[5]

Further Reading


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Notes and References

  1. "Making Way for an £80,000 Building" in Yorkshire Evening Post (27/Feb/1936).
  2. "Ramsden Street Mutual Improvement Class" in Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Oct/1867).
  3. "Corporation Buy Church" in Yorkshire Post (22/Nov/1933).
  4. "£100,000 Library and Art Gallery" in Leeds Mercury (30/Oct/1937).
  5. "New Congregational Church" in Leeds Mercury (11/Sep/1939) and "Northern Items" in Yorkshire Post (23/Aug/1940).

Ramsden Street Congregational Chapel, Huddersfield


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