Church records history

editorial image

Radical proposals for Greetland and Lindwell Methodist Church have received a positive response.

An exhibition was recently held and consultations continue into the plans put forward by local Methodists.

If progressed, the Greetland church building on Rochdale Road will be demolished and replaced with a new multi-use church building.

Also, part of the graveyard would be sold and the remaining area turned into open space and available for public use.

“The new church building will be in the approximate position as the existing church but will be designed so that all areas can be used for different uses at the same time,” said church treasurer and project manager Geoff Butler.

“The response so far is positive and feed-back forms will be considered and reflected in the proposals as they are developed.”

Young church volunteers have been working with members of the Calderdale Family History Society making copies of the transcriptions on the gravestones.

Mr Butler said the church wanted to ensure no information regarding the graveyard was lost.

Of particular interest are the graves of 19th century Luddites who protested against changes produced by the Industrial Revolution.

The volunteers also noted the tragedies suffered by families in the early years of the graveyard particularly relating to children.

Nearby Lindwell Methodist Church will be closed next July and put on the market under the plans likely to cost around £425,000.

A more ambitious £700,000 scheme put forward in 2009 proved unsuitable.

A further exhibition will take place when detailed proposals have been finalised.