Although the Rechabites were originally the Biblical descendants of Rechab, the name was adopted by the Independent Order of Rechabites in 1835.An off-shoot of the Temperance Movement, they were a Friendly Society formed to practice abstinence from alcohol, also to provide insurance and savings schemes for their members. See also: Temperance Hall / Rawdon Empire … Read more
It was a time when religious nonconformists were outlawed and risked breaking the law to hold services in the style the chose rather than follow the doctrine of the Church of England.Worshippers had to meet secretly in hidden or out of the way locations and they met under the rock until the first Baptist Chapel … Read more
There were seats for 400 people to worship, it closed in 1964 when problems with dry rot were found.It was demolished in 1966, housing is now on the site. (August 2012) A small burial ground on Over Lane which was in the hands of Aireborough Council in 1973, still survives in a neglected state. (August … Read more
Benches and window shutters at the premises on Quaker Lane.The austere surroundings are part of the Quaker ethic, worship has no formal creed or clergy, meetings are held in silent contemplation, participants speak when they choose to.
The Friends (of the Light) or Quaker movement was formed in the 1600s by George Fox, dissenting from the established doctrine of Christianity but remaining Christians, as such they were often Persecuted. The Meeting House was built in 1697. It was extended by a few yards in 1729 and in 1850 when additions were made … Read more