Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, New Hey Road, Outlane
- also known as: Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church, Outlane Over Methodist Church
- location: off New Hey Road, Longwood
- status: no longer exists
- category: church or chapel
Built between 1876 to 1878, it replaced the earlier adjoining chapel (built 1822) which was then repurposed as the chapel's Sunday School. A new Sunday School was built on the south side of New Hey Road 1914-15, which was later converted into Outlane Methodist Church circa 1964.
An article was placed in the Halifax Courier on the 12th May 1877, reporting on the laying of the corner stones and memorial stone of the new Wesleyan Chapel. An engraved silver trowel and silver mallet were presented to each of the ladies that laid the stones.
On Saturday afternoon the memorial and four corner stones of a Wesleyan chapel at Outlane were laid amid considerable ceremony. The old chapel at Outlane was built, according to the date upon it, in 1822; and it is proposed, when the new one has been completed, to alter it so as to make it suitable for a Sunday School. The site of the new chapel is the lower ground to the eastward of the old one. Advantage has been taken of the low level to place the store rooms, cellars, &c., in the basement to the rear; by this means the building will be well lifted up, and the frontage will have a commanding appearance. The gable end will be to the main road, and is to be treated in the classic style. The entrance is to be of dressed and moulded ashlar, surmounted by a moulded pediment. The window above is of like character, and will have carved scrollwork to the dado. The other windows of the gable will harmonise with this, but the ornamentation will be somewhat subdued. The gable will terminate with a bold moulded pediment, having angle piers. The area of the chapel internally will be 54ft. by 39, and there will be accommodation for 500 persons. Under the gallery, to the rear, are to be the vestries, and there will be staircases both at the front and back to the gallery, which will run round the whole building. The dressed joiner's work is to be of pitch pine, stained and varnished. The pulpit, supported on pillars, will be of an ornate character, with open work in front, and will be approached by stairs from each side. The ceiling will be thrown into panels, with the panelling enriched. Special provision is made for thoroughly ventilating the chapel, vestries, &c.; and the heating will be by hot water. Mr. T. L. Patchett, of Halifax, is the architect, and the various contractors are - Masonry, Mr. Thomas Bottomley, of Lindley; joinering, Messrs. Schofield and Boocock, of West Vale; plumbing and glazing, Mr. Francis Goodall, of Marsden; plastering and slating, Messrs. Morton and Sons, of Huddersfield. The cost is estimated at £2,200, towards which about £1,520 had been promised before the stone-laying, this including the following items:- Messrs. John Broadbent and Son £200, Mr. Eli Quarmby £100, Mr. Joseph Quarmby £100, Messrs. Edward Sykes and Sons £100, Mr. George Brook, Spring Wood Hall £50, Mr. Edward Brooke, Edgerton, £50, and Mr. Saville Gee, Outlane, £50.
The chapel is in the Buxton Road Circuit, Huddersfield, and many of the leading members from the various stations in the circuit were present. The circuit ministers and others were also there, among those of other denominations being the Rev. J. Wilde, of Stainland. The Rev. George Dickenson, superintendent of the circuit, opened the proceedings by announcing the hymn, "These stones to Thee in faith we lay," and this having been sung, the Rev. James Cooke (Linthwaite) read the 132nd Psalm and Ezra iii., from verse 8. Then prayer was said by the Rev. B. Wilkinson. The Rev. Richard Harding stated the contents of the bottle to be placed under the memorial stone. He said the bottle was put into the stone that it might come out again sometime. Perhaps 250 years hence it might be exhumed, and they could imagine it would then be a matter of curiosity to see what had been done in these days. In the bottle were documents relating to the circuit and foundation stone, together with newspapers representing the Methodists, Church of England, and Baptists, together with specimens of the daily and weekly press.
The Rev. G. Dickenson stated that the memorial stone would be laid by Mrs. Butterworth Broadbent, of Huddersfield. He said they all remembered the deep interest her late husband took in connection with the work here. Hence it was thought right that the stone should be laid by his widow. Mr. Saville Gee presented, on behalf of the trustees, a silver trowel to Mrs. Broadbent, and Mr. Fred Sykes presented the mallet. Mrs. Broadbent then laid the stone and said a few words, which, however, could not be heard by the representatives of the press. Her speech was communicated to the audience by Mr. Dickenson. She said she appeared amongst them with feelings of sadness, yet of joy. She was the representative of one who, had he been living, would have felt great joy that day. She laid the stone with a sense of the honour they put upon her, for the love they bore to him who had gone before, and she wished the house God speed, hoping when it was erected it would be the birthplace of many souls. An address was next given by the Rev. J. S. Workman, of Leeds.
Mr. Dickenson said they had got to lay the first of the corner stones Mrs. Storr, of Sinnington, the widow of a gentleman who was much known amongst them, where his labours were so much appreciated. Mr. Eli. Quarmby presented the silver trowel and mallet to Mrs. Storr on behalf of the trustees. Mrs. Storr then laid the stone in the customary way, and said she had pleasure in placing a contribution upon it in the name of herself and children, and in grateful memory of her now sainted husband, who would have rejoiced in the proceedings of that day. She presented it to Almighty God as a thank offering for his support and comfort, and said she was grateful to the friends for the honour conferred upon her husband, for she felt it was because of his influence and example that she held the distinction she now did. She prayed most earnestly that the sanctuary to be erected might prove to be the birthplace of very many souls.
Mr. Arthur Broadbent presented the silver trowel and the mallet to Miss Quarmby, of Holywell Green, with which to lay the next stone. Mr. Dickenson said they all knew the interest Messrs. Quarmby had taken in the new chapel, they being among the largest subscribers to the building fund. Miss Quarmby's parents having been connected with them in the Sunday school, they had much pleasure in seeing her there to lay the stone. Miss Quarmby then laid the stone in the name of the Trinity, and declared it to be duly and truly laid. She said she felt it was a great honour they had conferred upon her on that occasion, and she hoped she should long look back upon it with joy. She felt a stronger attachment and a greater love to that place of late, because within the last twelve months her dear mother had been laid its graveyard. She hoped she should long honour that place, and look upon her connection with it with pleasure. Might the Lord bless them and help them is their efforts, and when that house of prayer was built, might many souls be blessed, edified, and soundly converted to Him. She felt happy to have been spared to see the laying of the memorial stone that day, and she hoped God would crown their humble efforts with abundant success.
The next stone was laid by Miss S. Sykes, of Outlane, for which purpose the silver mallet and the trowel were presented, on behalf of the Sunday school, by Mr. Ebor Shaw, the superintendent. Miss Sykes, after laying the stone, said: I declare this stone well and truly laid, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I thank you, my friends, for the honour you have done me in asking me to lay this stone. It is one that I feel very much, as I am greatly attached to this place, both as a member and a Sunday school teacher, and as long as I live, I shall always look with pleasure upon this beautiful trowel and mallet as a memorial of this day's proceedings.
The last stone was laid by Miss S. Gee, of Outlane, to whom a silver trowel and a mallet were presented by Mr. Ely Pilling, also on behalf of the Sunday school. Her father appropriately replied on her behalf.
After the laying of the stones tea was served in a room kindly lent by Messrs. Sykes and Sons, at which upwards of 500 sat down. A public meeting was held in the same room, and was presided over by Mr. Ely Mallinson, of Linthwaite, and addressed by the Revs. John Wilde, Independent minister, Stainland; B. Wilkinson, Independent minister, Holywell Green; David Heath, New Connexion minister, Paddock. There were also present the Revs. George Dickenson, R. Harding, and James Cooke, ministers of the circuit. The donations by the ladies who laid the stones were as follows:- Mrs. B. Broadbent £25, Mrs. Storr £25, Miss Sykes £25, Miss Quarmby £25, and Miss Gee £5. The afternoon collection realised £14 3s. 4d., that in the evening £14 2s. 10d., and the profits on the tea were £25 14s.. A number of young people laid purses on the memorial stone, these containing £65 1s. 10d., making the total proceeds for the day £224 2s. The purse containing most money (£10) was laid on the stone by Mr. J. Q. Willey, of Golcar. The scholars had coffee and buns supplied to them in the old chapel, together with the scholars from other schools in the district who had taken part in the procession previous to the stone-laying.
Votes of thanks to the ladies for providing tea, to Messrs. Sykes & Sons for the room, and to the chairman, brought the meeting to a close.
The former chapel was demolished at some point after 1993 and a residential property was built on the site circa 2006.
Notes and References
- West Yorkshire Archive Service: Off the Record.
- Halifax Courier (12th May 1877).