Places of worship
The Parish Church of St. Bartholomew
The "OLD CHURCH"
This is, at least, the third church on the site. Documentary evidence of its existence begins in 1335 but its history possibly goes back another 100 years or more.
The photograph above was taken before 1881 when
The porch has stone seats, oak beams and a fine, old, heavy, nail-studded door.
Very much the same building but with the extension and additional street furniture.
This house was built in 1789 for the curate of Great Harwood but the building and land was sold to the Cooperative Society after a new vicarage was built in 1902.
John Mercer built four houses in Delphi Road with this chapel above. The congregation had to climb two flights of steps from Delph Road before another access was made from Commercial Road which required them to climb only one flight.
The first meeting place for Congregationalists was a room above a shop in Queen St. By 1837 this church had been built with open spaces for use by the Sunday School until the school was built behind the church in 1856.
The Sunday School became a full time school in 1866 then removed to Barnmeadow Lane in 1879.
Seemingly run down this photograph may have been taken not long before the building was demolished and a new church (below) built in 1888.
The church was taken over by E. T. Birtwistle and Sons Ltd., Funeral Directors and only a small part of the building remained.
Further development meant the last piece of the church was taken for retail units.
A split in the Wesleyan Society had left one section homeless and in 1853 they built the Methodist Chapel on Commercial Road.
Mount Zion, Cattle Street was built in 1863 when Butts Chapel became too small for the congregation but it was demolished long ago.
Orchard Street Church
The Primitive Methodists built their first church in Mercer Street in 1865 called Jubilee Chapel. Then in 1898 they built a school in Orchard Street. The congregation moved to the school from the Mercer Street chapel which became a social club before being demolished.
Our Lady and St. Hubert's Roman Catholic Church
St. Hubert's Road frames the church against the East Lancashire hills.
Built at his own expense by Mr James Lomax, Lord of the Manor, in 1859.
Russell Place Methodist Church
The Methodist Chapel in Commercial Road became too small so on land bought just up the hill at Russell Place a new church and school were built in 1885.
The church became too expensive to maintain, was demolished, and space within the school was converted.
The ACME Youth Club met here.
St. John's, Church of England
As the population continued to grow a new Anglican church was needed.
This was my church. I was a choir boy here which some people find difficult to believe. It was a "nice" church.
Three years short of 100 and the foundations at the eastern end were found to be too expensive to repair and work began on dismantling the church.
James Barlow Memorial School Chapel
9th September 1903 and the Baptists moved from the house in School Street where they had held meetings to their new home in Charles Street.
Windsor Road Wesleyan Chapel
Formed as a daughter church of Mount Zion in 1903 the building was taken over by OXO who built a boiler house on the site.
St. Wulstan's R. C. Church
Also in 1912, to cater for the increasing R. C. population, St. Wulstan's temporary, corrugated iron "Tin Church" was opened on Rushton St.
The "temporary" structure was replace in 1936 by the present church.
These were the churches in 1951
United Reformed Church
Originally built as the British School in 1879 much of it was destroyed by fire in 1973.
As in much of the Christian World church attendance has fallen (and I'm in no position to criticise) but another building has been given a new lease of life. Immigrants from the Indian subcontinent who came to work in the cotton mills converted the Emmanuel Free Church of England, Segar Street into their Mosque in 1994.
A church with cells (so I'm told) . Originally this was the Police Station, Police Street but not only has it changed use it's changed address now it's in Townhall Street.
The new Spiritualist Church on Clayton Street.
A nice mixing of religions here.
This mosque is on the corner of Park Street and St. Edmund Street.
Old Harwood, Louie Pollard and Harry E. Eaton, Great Harwood Civic Society, 1973. Pages 1, 13, 16, 21, 22.
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