Baptist Chapel 1712 – 1972 (3)

Baptist Chapel Undated
Title Baptist Chapel 1712 – 1972 (3)
Date Undated
Location Rawdon
Photo ID I024
Comment Adults and Sunday School children on an outing.
Baptist Chapel Undated

I025 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, Undated.

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – Undated

These adults and children were enjoying an outing from Cragg Baptist Chapel, the children all attended Sunday School at the chapel. 

Baptist Chapel 1930s

I012 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1930s

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1930s

Ladies in costume preparing to act in a play.

Baptist Chapel 1930s

I013 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1930s.

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1930s

Members of the ladies Class many of them dressed to take part in a Gypsy Fair.

A memorial stone on the left reads:

“This memorial stone was laid by Arthur Briggs 18th October 1894”

From Helen M:
Stone reads 1884, so this pre-dates the third chapel. I’m sure this is the larger of the entrance doors which led into the Assembly Rooms and Schoolroom premises. On entry a curved staircase rose to the first floor where fairs, sales of work and plays were held as there was a raised stage at one end. “Round and About Aireborough” Vol. 5 has a photograph showing the Sunday School on the right, with the text, “The foundation stone was laid October 18th 1884 and the building opened in 1885. It cost £2600.” Arthur Briggs J.P. (1836-1892) – from a well known textile manufacturing family, he latterly lived at Rawdon Hall, was a deacon and President of the Baptist Association.

Baptist Chapel 1930s

T11 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1930s

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1930s

An open air service was held yearly to commemorate those early secret services. Standing on the right here is Mr E J Kendall, he and his wife became Baptists in 1888 and served in many capacities. They lived on London Lane.

From Helen M.
Ernest James Kendall (April 6th 1872 – May 16th 1963). Ernest was born in Rawdon to Henry (a stonemason) and his wife Emily. He became a pupil teacher and thereafter an assistant schoolmaster. He married Mary Hannah Wilkinson in 1899 and later, with 2 children, lived in 2 Upper Lombard Street. In 1915 he wrote “History of Cragg Baptist Church” for the bi-centenary (AHS has a copy in its archive). The 1939 England and Wales Register shows his address as *Mellstock, London Lane and when he died, aged 91, he was still resident there. His daughter also lived at the same address until her death in 1982. *I wonder if he names this house? Mellstock was a fictitious place in the novel “Under the Greenwood Tree” – perhaps Ernest taught English during his career and was an admirer of Thomas Hardy?

Baptist Chapel 1935

I010 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1936

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1936

Full cast of ‘Our Jack’s Will’ performed by members of the Baptist Chapel.

Baptist Chapel 1936

I009 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1936

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1936

Full cast of ‘Our Jack’s Will’ performed by members of the Baptist Chapel.

Baptist Chapel 1936

I008 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1936

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1936

This was a performance of a play called ‘Our Jack’s Will’. 

Baptist Chapel 1936

I011 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1936

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1936

Ladies from the Baptist Chapel acting in a play names ‘Pearls in Pawn’

Baptist Chapel 1944

T09 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1944

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1944

The Pastor is in the centre of this group of Deacons.

Baptist Chapel 1944

T10 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1944

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1944

This man was a Pastor and has just been recently identified as:
Wilfred R. Bowell was the minister at Rawdon Cragg Baptist from 1939 – 1945. He was born on January 19th 1910 in Crewe, the son of headteacher Percy and his wife Clara. He married Olive M. F. Smith (also the daughter of a headteacher) in 1939 when both were 29 years of age. They were living in the Rawdon Manse at Nether Yeadon in the register of that year and had two sons whilst in the Rawdon ministry. The family moved to Great Shelford near Cambridge after which Walter Brittan Harris became the new minister.
See also above photograph.

Information supplied by Helen M.

Baptist Chapel 1949

I027 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1949

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1949

These children were in the junior Sunday School class.

Behind the children on the left is Margaret Collins, Mrs Skirrow is on the right.

Baptist Chapel 1956/57

I301 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1956/57

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1956/57

Preparing food in the chapel kitchen are :
Mrs Kathleen Greenwood, Mrs Wheatley, Mrs Nora Mason, Mrs Mabel Waite,
Mrs Joan Wood, ?, ?, ?, ?, Mrs Phyllis Harris, Mrs Margaret Collins and Mrs Minnie Wood.

Baptist Chapel 1963

C473 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1944

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1963

November: children clustered round a bran tub at the autumn fair.

Baptist Chapel Manse 1967

G195 – Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane, 1967

Baptist Chapel Micklefield Lane – 1967

Two children play with a goat in the garden.

Donated by the family of Bryan Waite.

Previous Comments:

Re A436
hannah1
The top picture, the left hand side part of the house, upstairs was a large meeting room the full length, accessed by a small staircase leading from inside the back door. At ground floor was a large room with a very old fireplace. It has now been modernised.

Re I012 & I013
briannwaite
The photographs were taken at the entrance to the Assembly Rooms which were eventually attached at right angles to the church .
14 August 2016

Re I027
jean dean
If I am not mistaken that is young Michael Emsley front row right, but who is that little boy in the middle partly hidden and picking his nose, or was it a hair ribbon from the little girl in front, I bet his Mum was pleased.. I think that this could also be part of Little London School.
09 August 2019

Ann Larkins nee Batty
This is Cragg Baptist Sunday School the two ladies at the back are Mrs Margaret Collins on the left and Mrs Scirrow on the right. Back row Angela Barnes, Carol Sproat, Ann Batty, David Collins, ? Bernard Harris, the last one Brian Hearn.
Front row Pauline Barnes, Hazel Collins, Jaqueline Hogg, Susan Fawcett, could be Ann Hearn with Michael Easley at the end.
16 February 2020

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 29 January 2021.
Last updated: 03 April 2021.

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