BRIERCLIFFE   with EXTWISTLE ~ Including Harle Syke, Haggate and Hill Lane.
   Briercliffe was formerly a township in the parish of Burnley.
   Extwistle became part of the parish of Worsthorne (WOR.CE.01)

INDEX TO BRIERCLIFFE with EXTWISTLE CHURCHES, CHAPELS & BURIAL GROUNDS

Bookmark Establishment and Location
  Church of England
 BCF.CE.01 St.James the Great, Church Street (Harle Syke)
  Nonconformist
 BCF.Bap.01 Haggate Baptist Chapel, Nelson Road (Haggate)
 BCF.Bap.02 Ebenezer, Halifax Road, Lane Bottom (Hill Lane)
 BCF.Bap.03 "Nutter Church", (Haggate etc.)
 BCF.Bap.04 Baptist Chapel, Tennyson Street (Harle Syke)
 BCF.FG.01 Thursden Chapel / Jehovah Jireh ("Canaan"), Haggate
 BCF.Qua.01 John Ecroyds Orchard, Foulds House
 BCF.Qua.02 Hill
 BCF.WM.01 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel / Tin Tabernacle, Burnley Road (Harle Syke)
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For the history of Briercliffe and Extwistle see -
 'A Lancashire Township - The History of Briercliffe with Extwistle' by Roger Frost (1982) 

Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.CE.01
Map references :  OS SD 867349
Name :  St.James the Great
Denomination :  Church of England
Address :  Church Street, Briercliffe, Burnley (Harle Syke)
Vicarage :  St.James' Vicarage, Briercliffe, Burnley  BB10 2HU
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  C 1841-1919, M 1843-1939, B 1841-1894      + MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  C 1841-1900, M 1843-1900, B 1841-1894, at Burnley & Nelson Libraries
  Banns 1860-1900, Confirmations 1851-1900, at Burnley Library
Graveyard
  Small and still in use .. Grass cut
Memorial Inscriptions
  Transcribed in 1981 - 363 headstones, dates on stones range 1843-1980
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  Burnley, Colne & Nelson Libraries
Brief History
  1833 A cottage at Haggate was used at first
  1841 Church opened in Harle Syke. Briercliffe was previously in the Chapelry of St.Peter's, Burnley (BUR.CE.15) but some inhabitants used St.Bartholomew's Church at Colne (COL.CE.03)
  1851 Religious Census = built 1841
  see Burnley Library Newspaper Index -several reports
  see "Briercliffe Parish Church - A history & guide to the Church of St.James the Great" by Roger Frost (1984)
  see also "St.James Church - 150 years young" by Roger Frost (1991)
  see '" Lancashire Township - The History of Briercliffe & Extwistle" by Roger Frost
  For inhabitants of Extwistle - also see Worsthorne Church Registers (WOR.CE.01)
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.Bap.01
Map references :  OS SD 872354
Name :  Haggate Baptist Chapel
Denomination :  Baptist (Scottish)
Address :  Nelson Road, Briercliffe, Burnley (Haggate)
Incumbent :   - 
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  Births 1762-1837 (1841), B 1786-1794, B 1811-1857, at Burnley, Colne & Nelson Libraries
                                      B 1857-1976, at Burnley Library
  The original registers are kept at the chapel (Burials October 1794 - August 1811 are lost)
  (Only a few records of births kept after the start of civil registration in 1837)
  (No marriage register kept until the late 1800s)
Graveyard
  Large and still in use
Memorial Inscriptions
  Transcribed in 1973 - 1517 headstones dated 1771-1973
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  Burnley, Colne & Nelson Libraries
  Combined with Hill Lane Baptists, graves 1-134 are at Hill Lane
Brief History
  1760 Baptist met in Briercliffe
  1767 First chapel built off Halifax Road. Now demolished - some foundations visible
  1851 Religious Census = Scotch Baptist built before 1800
  1866 New chapel built on Nelson Road
  2001 Chapel building has become unsafe & will have to be demolished
  see Burnley Library Newspaper Index - several reports
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.Bap.02
Map references :  OS SD 877356
Name :  Ebenezer .. better known as Hill Lane
Denomination :  Baptist (Scottish and later English Particular)
Address :  Halifax Road, Hill Lane, Briercliffe, Burnley (Lane Bottom)
also at Tennyson Street, Briercliffe (Harle Syke)
Incumbent :   -
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none     + MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  -
Graveyard
  Small and still in use
Memorial Inscriptions
  Transcribed in 1981 - 134 headstones
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  At Burnley, Colne & Nelson Libraries
  Combined with Haggate Baptist MIs .. (Grave numbers H 1-134 = Hill Lane)
Brief History
  1838 Founded by a breakaway group from Haggate Chapel (BCF.Bap.01)
  1840 Chapel built and also used as a school
  1851 Religious Census = built in 1840 with Sunday School and Day School
  1872 New chapel built and the old chapel used as a Sunday School
  1886 Date stone
  1887 Present school opened - still standing (date stone 1886)
  see Burnley Library Newspaper Index - several reports
  see 'Ebenezer Chapel, Hill Lane' by - Nuttall
  see also 'Briercliffe Ebenezer Baptist Church. One hundred years of Christian witness, Centenary celebrations 1940' by (the church) History of the church
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.Bap.03
Map references :   -
Name :  "Nutter Church"
Denomination :  Baptist (Scottish)
Address :  a - Junction of Burnley Road & Todmorden Road (Haggate)
b - Marsden Heights
c - Heyhead
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  -
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1824 Formed by a group from Haggate Chapel who met over a shop at the corner of Burnley Road and Todmorden Road
  ???? Moved to Marsden Heights
          Moved to Heyhead
  1851 Religious Census = Private Room, set apart 1835 (signed by John Nutter, Elder of Nelson, Marsden near Colne)
  1876 By now most of the members had rejoined Haggate Chapel (BCF.Bap.01
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.Bap.04
Map references :  OS SD 868351
Name :  Tennyson Street Chapel
Denomination :  Baptist
Address :  Tennyson Street, Briercliffe, Burnley .. corner of Duke Street (Haggate)
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  -
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1899 Built as Institute for the men of Hill Lane Baptist Chapel (BCF.Bap.02)
  1995 Now used as a chapel
  1999 Demolished & Abraham Altham Court built on the site
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.FG.01
Map references :  c - OS SD 871352
Name :  a - Thursden Chapel
b - 
c - Jehovah Jireh / "Canaan"
Denomination :  Free Gospel / Independent Methodist
Address :  a - Thursden Scars
b - High Sim
c - Burnley Road, Briercliffe, Burnley (Haggate)
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  ' Wesleyan Baptisms 1788-1837' .. includes Thursden, at Colne Library
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1813 The upper floor of the three story cottage of Jonas Lee was converted into 'Thursden Chapel'. (Many have been either Primitive Methodist or Inghamite). There were also meeting places at Cockden, Haggate & Lane Bottom
  1848 Marked on a map of 1848 (ruin by 1880)
  1851 Religious Census =
  1853 A Sunday School started in a cottage at High Sim
  1871 Census records a 'Free Gospel Chapel' at High Sim
  1887 Date stone
  1888 'Jehovah Jireh' Chapel opened on Burnley Road
  1942 Chapel closed
  1999 Chapel still standing but unused
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.Qua.01
Map references :  OS SD 889360
Name :  John Ecroyd's Orchard ('Th'Acred')
Denomination :  Quakers / Society of Friends 
Address :  Folds (Foulds) House, Briercliffe
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none     + MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  6 burials 1680-1691 - recorded in a manuscript book of Ann Ecroyd of Edgend (1780-1859), at Colne Library
Graveyard
  4 grave stones - 6 burials 1680 -1691
Memorial Inscriptions
  1982 - only 2 gravestones remaining .. the inscription on one reads - "Here lyeth the body of Elizabeth, the wife of John Vipond (sic), 1681"
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  see Barrowford, Brierfield & Nelson MIs at Colne Library - six burials 1680 -1691
Brief History
  1652 Fox came to the area about this time and his ideas were accepted locally
 (1656 Quaker Meeting House at Marsden Heights (BFD.Qua.03))
  1662 Meetings took place at Fould's House from about this time
  1681-1696 Six burials took place in the orchard 
          John Ecroyd ran a boarding school for Quakers at Fould's House
 (1763 Quaker Meeting House built at Four Lane Ends (BFD.Qua.04))
  1803 The Ecroyd family sold the property
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.Qua.02
Map references :  OS SD 879356
Name :  Hill
Denomination :  Quaker / Society of Friends 
Address :  Hill Farm, Briercliffe
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none     + MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  8 burials 1656 -1667, at Colne Library
Graveyard
  Small
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  see Barrowford, Brierfield & Nelson MIs at Colne Library - 8 burials 1656 -1667
Brief History
  - 
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Town / Index no :  Briercliffe - BCF.WM.01
Map references :  OS SD 864350 
Name :  Wesleyan Methodist Chapel / Tin Tabernacle
Denomination :  Wesleyan Methodist
Address :  Burnley Road, Briercliffe, Burnley .. near Moorview Close (Harle Syke)
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  C 1904-1985, M 1945-1973, see Burnley, Harle Syke
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  -
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1903 A group from 'Jehovah Jireh' (BCF.FG.01) first met at 127 Burnley Road, Harle Syke before the "temporary" building was erected
  1985 Closed as a place of worship
 (2000) Building used as Briercliffe Nursery and Education Centre
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