Leeds Times (25/Jun/1870) - Huddersfield: The Incumbent and His Parishioners
The Incumbent and His Parishioners.
The Incumbent of St. Mary's Church, Honley, and his congregation — or at least a portion of them — are not on the best of terms ; and at a meeting of "some of the members and principal supporters" of the church, held in the Town Hall, a resolution was passed, recommending "every member of, and attending at Honley Church, to withdraw all their support from that church, and are 'requested' during his (the incumbent's) tenure of office, not to subscribe in any way to any fund in connection with the above church ; and by this means to show their disapprobation of his conduct, and their opinion of his general unsuitability for the charge, as clergyman, of so large and important a district as Honley." This resolution, which has been advertised in the local papers, bears the name of Mr. A.H. Owen, who was chairman of the meeting. A meeting of the clergy, we understand, has taken place during the past week in Huddersfield, on the unpleasantness which exists between the incumbent of Honley and his flock, but as the solemn conclave was conducted in private, the result has not been made known.