Aireborough Historical Society

1846 Benton Park Chapel

Benton Park Chapel
Date March 1846
Location Rawdon
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Independent Chapel, Rawden

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of a new Independent Chapel at Rawden was performed on Monday last.

The weather was rather unfavourable, but notwithstanding, by 11 o'clock, the hour appointed for commencing the work, a large number, probably near five hundred persons had assembled.

A suitable hymn was then given out by the Rev. J Stringer of Idle.

An introductory prayer was offered by the Rev. J Glendenning of Huddersfield. 

         Henry Forbes Esq. then performed the ceremony of laying the stone in which had been deposited copies of several of the local newspapers, some of the religious publications of the day, a list of the principal subscribers to the erection of the chapel and one of each of the current silver coins of the realm.

         The stone, having been properly deposited "For the sole worship of God, according to the order of the Christians commonly called Independents or Congregationalists" another hymn was sung and the Rev. T Scales of Leeds offered a dedicatory prayer.

The Rev. W Scott of Airedale College then delivered an address in which he adverted to our religious privileges, to the leading doctrines of Christian religion and to the distinct peculiarities of the Independents.

          The ceremonies at the chapel site being over from eighty to a hundred persons adjourned to an adjoining school-room where an excellent cold collation was provided for them.

After dinner a handsome silver trowel was presented to Mr Forbes by the young persons who intend to be connected with the new chapel, in commemoration of the event of the day and several addresses were delivered.

           We understand that the chapel is to be called Benton Park Chapel.

It will  be situated in a field belonging to Robert Milligan Esq. of Acacia who has generously given the ground on which to build it besides promising to wall and rail it in ".


Image courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives, research by Edwy Harling


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