"New Church at Yeadon in the Parish of Guiseley
On Wednesday last, April 5th, the foundation stone of the above intended new
Church was laid by Benjn. Thompson Esq. of Park Gate, Guiseley. One acre of
ground for the site and Churchyard was given by Richard Barwick Esq. of Low
Hall, Yeadon. The stone for the Church was given by John Womersley Esq.
Mawcroft House, Rawdon.
At the ceremony
we saw the Rev. Dr Hook Vicar of Leeds; the Rev.R W S Redhead of Calverley; the
Rev J Hart Vicar of Otley; the Rev.
Thomas Furbank , Bramley; the Rev. R J Lewthwaite Jun.
Adel; the Rev.
D Jenkins, Pudsey; the Rev. John Gooch, Stanningley; the
Rev.W J Risdale, the Rev. J Horsfall and the Rev. J C Home , Otley; the Rev. E
Richardson, Burley. The prayers were offered up by the Rev. A Ibbotson of
Rawdon and the Rev, W H B Stocker, Horsforth and the address was delivered by
the Rev.W Lindley, Guiseley, the clergyman of the Parish.
a numerous and most respectable
attendance of the laity, among whom we noticed John White Esq. of Upperwood
House, Rawdon; William Turley Esq. Lane Head, Yeadon. (members of the Building
Committee); John Marshall Esq. Lane Ends, Horsforth; Wm.
Furbank Esq. and Henry Newstead Esq. Otley; Walker
Rawstorne Esq. (the
architect) and BB Popplewell Esq. Bradford and many
proceedings were regarded with great interest and God's blessing, we doubt not,
will attend the undertaking. The party was most kindly entertained by Richard
(dedicated to St John the Evangalist), will be in the early English style and
will cost, it is supposed 2,000 guineas to be defrayed by local subscriptions
and grants from different Church Building Societies. A beautiful silver trowel
bearing the following inscription, was presented to Mr Rawstorne previous to
the ceremony; "Presented to Benjamin Thompson Esq. at the ceremonial
laying of the first stone of St Johns Church, Yeadon in the Parish of Guiseley
April 5th 1843
Walker Rawstorne architect J
Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling