Hareholme Primitive Methodist Chapel, Rossendale

opened 1873

Hareholme Chapel, Sept 1982
Jack Sunderland
Interior decorated for 'Japanese Carnival', 1931

Hareholme’s first service was on Good Friday 1866. The corner-stones of the single-storey premises were laid on a thoroughly wet 14th December1872 at a cost of £550.00. It was capable of seating 250. It was not however licensed for marriages until 1933.

I and several other preachers retain vivid memories of Emma Edge, wife of the village farrier, who insisted on entertaining us for tea after we had visited Hareholme on a Sunday afternoon, even if we weren’t due to.

A ‘notable character’, Emma’s life spanned almost the whole of the 20th century until she died aged 102 in November 2000. Hareholme’s final service was on 26th September 1982 after which she reverted to the Baptist chapel of her youth. Others who attended the final service were Jack Sunderland, W N Morris, Mrs Lizzie Taylor and her daughter Miss Alice Taylor, and J Coupe. 

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  • Attended Sunday School mid to late 1950s, vividly remember Mrs Edge and my teacher Dorothy Chadwick. Also remember Mr Edge the farrier but that was mainly because I was mad on horses.

    By Jean Simpson (28/12/2020)
  • I went to the Sunday School for several years approx 1952 to 1957.  Remember Emma Edge very well and he husband Freddie.  He used to attend the Sunday School picnic with his Pony and trap each year charging for rides.  It was held down the road by Rossendale Packaging Company. My Sunday School teacher was Melvin Pollard. Can remember the Christmas parties held upstairs and films being shown.  Lovely people a lovely time, with many happy memories.

    By Stewart Entwistle (11/09/2015)

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