Thursday, 2 February 2017

1539 : A Spirited History


This is the National Spiritual Church on the corner of Eastwood Street and Martin Street in Brighouse. The carving above the fine circular window suggests that the building used to be a Mission Hall and I was intrigued to discover a little of its history.  Surely there would be some missionary spirits still lurking in the stonework that could enlighten me? Sadly, there were not - but a quick search through the historical record revealed that it was built in 1883 as an "undenominational evangelical organisation" dedicated to bringing the promise of redemption to the working folk of Brighouse. When it started, it had a membership of just five local benefactors, but by the end of the century it was attracting significant crowds and hosting "large meetings at which anthems and hymns were sung to the accompaniment of a string and reed band from Siddal"