History of St. John’s
|History of St Johns|
Regular Church services began in the community of Ben Rhydding in 1901 and the need for a place of worship centred in Ben Rhydding grew. Plans for the Church were drawn up by Architects Chorley, Connon and Chorley of Leeds in July 1903. On 21st October 1903, land of approximately 2,600 square yards (2,174 square metres), formerly a cricket field, was purchased at a cost of £650 on which to build a Church. In December 1904, after appropriate fund raising, a start was made on the erection of the nave and chancel.The Church was formally opened with the laying of the foundation stone, at the west end, by Mr Walter Walker of Ben Rhydding on Saturday 14th October 1905. It was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Ripon on Saturday 16th December 1905: "Set apart and separate from all common and profane uses whatsover, and dedicated solemnly to the service of Almighty God as a place of Divine Worship forever." Gradually over the next few years the Church was extended being effectively completed by July 27th 1910 when the west end of the nave and the tower were dedicated by the Bishop of Ripon. On 24th June 1912 the separate parish of Ben Rhydding was created which St Johns has been ministering to ever since. Over 800 people attended the induction service of Reverend Walter Bradley into the new parish of St John the Evangelist (St John's) in November 1912.
When you visit the Church you will see are a number of items of local significance with interesting stories which include:-
Do come and visit our Church, there is much to see and experience the presence of God. Below are some photos of our Church from its early days through to more recently.