Lighthazels Chapel & Sunday School, Soyland

Lighthazels Chapel, Soyland – known as Lighthazels United Methodist Chapel / Lighthazels Methodist New Connexion Chapel – opened in 1816 by a group who had left Stones Methodist Church, Ripponden.

Meetings were initially held at Clay House, Soyland.

A Sunday school was established in 1823.

A meeting – on 17th June 1823 – recorded that

the School shall be called a New Connexion School, and the scholars shall go to the Ebenezer Chapel as a place of worship

The School became too small, at a plot of land was bought near to Clay House, Soyland for £11 5/-

The one-roomed building was named Lighthazels.

In 1862, a vestry was added, and the words

Union is Strength, and Friendship is Sweet

were inscribed over the door.

In 1866, a subscription was opened in order to raise the roof and to add a gallery. This was done at a cost of £400, and opened in 1868 providing additional seating for 140 people. Henry Stott of Brighouse offered to donate £100 if the congregation could match the sum.

Before 1868, as in the Sunday School tradition, men sat on the left side of the Chapel; women sat on the right.

In 1868, a harmonium was acquired to replace the original string & reed band.

In 1879, a subscription was opened to build another vestry, and a building for the heating equipment. These were added in 1880; the vestry cost £131 10/6d; the heating cost £40.

In 1893, 2 cottages adjoining the Chapel was acquired for £50.

Recorded in 1905 & 1935.

Closed in 19??.

The Chapel was demolished.

It was situated just off Lighthazels Road, Soyland, along a lane opposite Thurst House, Soyland

There was no burial ground at the Chapel, and many interments took place at Stones Methodist Church Graveyard

See Lighthazels United Methodist Memorial

© Malcolm Bull 2021
Revised 13:03 / 24th May 2021 / 4187

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