Croft Primitive Methodist chapel

Where was Croft?

The Primitive Methodist magazine of 1866 contains an account by D Tuton of the laying of a foundation stone for Croft Primitive Methodist chapel.

Previously the society had worshipped in the upper room of a cottage “fitted out for the purpose”. The new chapel was designed to hold 260 and would cost £350 of which they expected to have raised half.

The corner stone was laid by George Leach Ashworth. Speakers  at the ceremonies included J Simpson (Halifax), Dr Collier, Revs J Simpson, D Tuton, J Hall and Mr Sutcliffe (Manchester).

I found it difficult to identify where Croft was/is, although there are clues.  One clue is that following the stone laying there was a tea and public meeting in Littleborough Wesleyan chapel. We also know that Croft chapel was part of the Knowlwood station; Knowlwood is south of Todmorden. The magazine account also includes information about Summit chapel, which is also near Littleborough.

Thanks to Philip Thornborow for making the link to Greenhill Methodist church, which is located at the top of Clough Road, Littleborough. The Greenhill Methodist website tells us that the church “originated about a mile further up the lane in a hamlet known as Croft when a preaching room was set up in the upstairs of one of the cottages. It served the hamlet and the surrounding area with people attending from as far afield as Walsden. The present church was built to house the growing congregation in 1860 with the Sunday School added in 1928.”

Although the magazine article comes a few years after the stated opening date,  this otherwise fits well. You can read more about Greenhill chapel here.


Primitive Methodist magazine November 1866 page 693

Greenhill Methodist Church website accessed 2nd July 2020 at :

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