Calderdale churches welcome visitors for the inaugural Yorkshire Churches Day

Christ Church in Sowerby Bridge will be welcoming visitors with an exhibition and talk about the 200 year role of the church building. See how pioneers William Greenup & James Walton revolutionized the process of cloth manufacture from “Fleece to Piece” on one site. Discover who really sold the first chewy toffee, & learn why steam engines built here powered the British Empire.

Clifton Methodist Chapel near Brighouse was built by local miners in 1874. Visitors can view an exhibition charting the history of the growth of Methodism and the connection with the Luddites in the ancient village of Clifton. The chapel will be welcoming visitors between 10am – 4pm. St Martin’s and St John the Evangelist in Clifton will also be open and welcoming visitors to explore the interiors.

Hebden Bridge Wainsgate Baptist Church is a Grade II* listed Baptist Chapel and burial ground. Visitors will have the chance to see inside the chapel and explore the extensive burial ground. The interior features an ornate marble and alabaster pulpit, stained glass windows and an impressive organ. The burial ground contains the grave of Josiah Wade (1842-1908), inventor and manufacturer of the ‘Arab’ printing press, considered by many to be the ‘finest clam-shell platen in the world’.