Title: A short history of Independent Methodism : a souvenir of the hundredth annual meeting of the Independent Methodist Churches, 1905
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Authors: Mounfield, Arthur Hunter, George Vickers, James
Subjects: Independent Methodist Churches Methodist Church
Publisher: [Wigan, Eng.] : Independent Methodist Book Room
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arger place of worship. A meeting was called,with the result that .£185 was promised by the memberstowards a new chapel. Building operations were com-menced in the spring of 1S71, and to save expense themembers willingly gave their services in excavating, &c. The foundation stone was laid on Good Friday, 1871, byRobert Ratcliffe, of Golborne. The building did not pro-gress very rapidly, and the opening did not take place untilthe Good Friday of 1872. On Good Friday, John Knowles, of Lymm, preached,and on the following Sunday, W. Sanderson, of Liverpool. 70 WARRINGTON DISTRICT. The Church prospered much at this time, but in thesucceeding years the membership declined, as, owing to badtrade and other causes, many families left the district. Anorgan was added in 1889, and the chapel as it now standspresents a very good appearance, being valued at £ 1,500. DOWNALL GREEN. Under the older name of Brockstage, the Church atDownall Green began to exist in the thirties of the lastcentury.
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: -^^J DOWNALL GREEX. The circumstances which brought about its establish-ment are as yet unknown. Meetings commenced in thecottage of Thomas Clarke, a nail-maker, who along withThomas Cotton, Peter Fearnley and David Pilling (so faras is known) were the pioneers of the movement. Sundayschool work does not seem to have been undertaken in thecottage. The weekly class and prayer meetings were held,for many years Henry Anderton, of Billinge, walking sixmiles to conduct the Monday evening class. After anumber of years, the meeting place was transferred tothe cottages of three of its members, in Church Street,where meetings were successfully held. As a result of WARRINGTON DISTRICT. 71 numerical progress, the meeting-place for the Sundayservices was transferred to a nail-makers cellar near thecottages. This more permanent building at once becamethe scene of efforts to win the young, Sunday school workbeing immediately undertaken. Meetings were also held ina barn in the adjoining village of
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