Aireborough Historical Society

Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church 1878 - 1966

Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church
Date 1878 - 1966
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church 
A brief history: 
This Chapel overlooked Leeds Road and was built in 1878, in 1891 an organ from Peterborough Cathedral was installed at a cost of £418.
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 2012)
Attempts have been made to build on this cemetery which have been unsuccessful. (August 2012)

Photo ID    B402
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
A view of the church from New Road Side.

Photo ID    C141    
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - 1910
The Wesleyan Guild, outside Greenhill Church..

Photo ID    K090
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - 1947
Photographer Marmaduke Milner donated by the Swain family of Rawdon.

Photo ID    D457
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church, Rose Queen - 1952/53
This photo was donated by Val Ryan (nee Hoare), she comments, " When the 'National' school burnt down January 23rd 1951 (rebuilt as St Peter's, Rawdon Town Street) the pupils were rehoused in the hall at Greenhill Methodist Church.  It was a huge church with a large hall plus stage, kitchens and rooms above.  The grounds were enormous and a delight for playing hide and seek as there were many large holly bushes, they were also on the very steep drive which led to Over Lane.
My uncle Eric Myers was a Sunday School teacher there, he was a staunch Methodist.  He lived on Harrogate Road by the traffic lights and was also a very well known opera singer.
At this time my mother became ill, I think I was sent to Sunday School partly as a diversion and because my dad was busy looking after mum and hospital visiting, we weren't actually Methodists.
There was an off-license shop on Over Lane just by the entrance and I would be allowed to buy sweets there after Sunday School.
Although ill, mum (Rene Hoare) still managed to make our clothes including the dresses for the Rose Queen attendants".
On the photo: Attendant on the left is Val Hoare, attendant on the right is Margaret Telford. 
"The lady wearing glasses is Mrs Rawnsley?, far right is Mrs Blackburn, she lived at Daisy Hill in Cragg Wood and did much charity work locally with churches, Darby and Joan Clubs, Townswomen's Guilds etc.  Her husband was a successful local Businessman".

Photo ID    F031
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
A view of the altar decorated with flowers.

Photo ID    F032
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
A view of the church from New Road Side.

Photo ID    M085
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
A view of the pulpit.

Photo ID    P199
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
Stone gate pillars which were once the entrance to the church on the Leeds Road.

Photo ID    P201
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
A view of the church.

Photo ID    M086
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
Organ and choir stalls, the organ is set in a shallow recess which has the following carved on it: "Everything That Hath Breath Praise The Lord"
The organ was bought for £418 and was installed in 1891.  It had previously been in a chapel in Peterborough Cathedral. 

Photo ID    M087
Greenhill Wesleyan Methodist Church - Undated
The interior of the church looking towards the altar in the centre. The abundance of greenery suggests the church has been decorated for a seasonal service.

Previous Comments:


My parents were the caretakers of Greenhill Church it had a lovely community. All the children went to Sunday school here we were sad to leave, We lived at no 9 Over Lane next to the old graveyard. All the residents of the church side of Over Lane and Prospect street had to move at the same time the church was shut, Most of them were pensioners on Over Lane we were the only family. Everyone was rehomed in Yeadon in Council Accomadation

08 January 2014

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 26 January 2021.
Last updated: 26 January 2021.

Christine Roberts
Christine Roberts
The burial register for this church is now at Leeds Archives (Morley) passed to them in 1998 AHS has the details.
30 January 2021
Many thanks Christine for this information which I am sure will be of benefit to those searching for such.
Kind regards, Jack Brayshaw. AHS.
30 January 2021
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