Churches & Chapels



ZionRef 5-520
The name of Temple Mount, one of the hills in Jerusalem. The Hebrew word is used as a synonym for Jerusalem in the names of many churches and chapels, such as

The form Sion is also used

Zion Congregational Church, RippondenRef 5-Z5
Oldham Road. Formed in 1868 by a group who had left Rishworth Particular Baptist Chapel, The foundation stone was laid on 21st August 1869. The Church and the Sunday school were built in 1869. The Church was (possibly) designed by Robert Kelsall Lee.

The Church opened on 7th September 1870 The total cost, including the building and the boundary walls, was about £3,800.

It is said that it was originally intended to be a Baptist Church, but – influenced by Henry Lee, a major benefactor – it became a Congregational Church

A day school opened just west of the Church in 1871.

The manse opened just west of the Church in 1882.

An infants' school opened in 1886.

In 1891, Ripponden Technical Institute was started here.

On 29th April 1902, the Church and organ were damaged by fire. Damage was estimated at £750.

Details of the organ in the Church can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register.

In the 1940s/1950s, a Baby Clinic and School Clinic were held there.

Ministers at the Church have included


Like Union Croft Chapel, Ambler Thorn and Rishworth Independent Chapel, the chapel chose to remain independent after the Congregationalists and the Presbyterians merged to form the United Reformed Church in 1972.

It was later known as Ripponden Congregational Church.

The Church closed around 1992.

It was converted to apartments [2002-2003].

There is a Roll of Honour to those who died in World War I.

See Ripponden Graveyard Unidentified, Ripponden Zion Congregational Evening School, Ripponden Zion Congregational Mutual Improvement Society, Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden War Memorial and Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden Graveyard

This & associated entries use material contributed by Anne Kirker

Zion Congregational Church, WykeRef 5-921
Benjamin Greenwood Smith took an interest in the Church

Zion Congregational Graveyard, RippondenRef 5-636
The graveyard for Zion Congregational Church, Ripponden.

The following people, and/or members of their family, are recorded here:


The Church closed around 1992 and was converted to apartments. The graveyard was walled off by the developer. Brambles cover the whole site and make it inaccessible.

Some of the monumental inscriptions in the graveyard are shown in the CD entitled Monumental Inscriptions in the Ripponden Area

Zion Congregational Manse, RippondenRef 5-Z9
Oldham Road.

The manse for Zion Congregational Church was built just west of the Church and opened in 1882

Zion Methodist Free Chapel, Hove EdgeRef 5-Z7
Aka Zion Chapel, Zion United Methodist Chapel.

Built on land at the junction of Chapel Street and Spout House Lane, Hove Edge, Brighouse.

Opened on 8th November 1882. The chapel succeeded Finkil Chapel, Hove Edge of 1863.

It closed in 1975 and was demolished around 1976.

Houses now occupy the site.

See Zion Methodist Free Chapel, Hove Edge War Memorial

Zion Particular Baptist Church, Hebden BridgeRef 5-23
Osborne Street. Built in 1881 in the Stubbings area of Hebden Bridge by the Zion Strict Baptists. The Chapel opened on Good Friday 1882 and superseded the Dove Chapel. It is built over a row of houses

See Florence Walton

Zion Primitive Methodist Church, EllandRef 5-190
Catherine Street.

The foundation stone was laid on 2nd April 1864 by Rev John Simpson. The Church opened in 186?.

Recorded in 1905 & 1915.

Closed in 19??.

Demolished in 19??. Houses now stand on the site

See Zion Primitive Methodist Memorial, Elland

Zion Strict Baptist Church, SiddalRef 5-Z8
Oxford Lane.

Aka Siddal Strict Baptist Church.

Founded by David Smith.

The meetings were originally held in premises provided by David Smith.

The Church was the first place of worship in Siddal.

Opened in 1859 or in 1883.

Question: Does anyone have more information about the Church?


Closed in 1971

Subsequent Pastors at the Church have included


Zion United Reformed Church, RippondenRef 5-336

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