BRIERFIELD ~ Brierfield is approximately the area formerly known as Little Marsden

INDEX TO BRIERFIELD CHURCHES, CHAPELS & BURIAL GROUNDS

Marsden Chapel, which became the Church of St.Paul, Little Marsden is now in Nelson (NEL.CE.04) and was in the Chapelry of St.Bartholomew Colne (COL.CE.03)

Bookmark Establishment and Location
  Church of England
 BFD.CE.01 St.Luke, Burnley Road, Brierfield
  St.Paul (formerly Little Marsden), Nelson (NEL.CE.04)
  Roman Catholic
 BFD.RC.01 Holy Trinity, Richard Street
  Nonconformist
 BFD.Bap.01 Baptist Chapel, Burnley Road
 BFD.Con.01 Marsden Height / Providence, Halifax Road (Four Lane Ends) / Colne Road
 BFD.IM.01 Independent Methodist Chapel, Halifax Road .. corner of Walter Street
 BFD.Pen.01 Pentecostal Chapel / Living Christian Fellowship, Stanley Street / Halifax Road
 BFD.PB.01 Hebron Hall, Walter Street
 BFD.PM.01 Primitive Methodist Chapel, Halifax Road (Heyhead) / Burnley Road
 BFD.Qua.01 Newhead Burial Ground, Halifax Road (Heyhead)
 BFD.Qua.02 Meeting House, King's Causeway (Marsden Heights)
 BFD.Qua.03 Meeting House, Walverden Road (Four Lane Ends)
 BFD.UR.01 United Reformed Church, see Providence (BFD.Con.01)
 BFD.WM.01 Wesleyan Chapel / Methodist Church, Halifax Road / Colne Road
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For the history of Brierfield see -
  'The History of Marsden & Nelson' by Walter Bennett (1957)
  'History of Brierfield' by L Yoxall (bound collection of newspaper cuttings in Nelson Library)

Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.CE.01
Map references :  OS SD 846362
Name :  St.Luke the Evangelist
Denomination :  Church of England
Address :  Burnley Road, Brierfield
Vicarage :  Brierfield Vicarage, 22 Reedley Road, Reedley  BB10 2LU
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  C 1872-1952, M 1873-1952
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers in various forms
  C 1872-1900, M 1873-1900, at Burnley & Nelson Libraries .. Banns 1873-1900, at Burnley Library
  C 1872-1900, M 1873-1900 on IGI for Lancashire
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1872 Founded
   see 'The story of St.Luke, Brierfield, 1872-1972' by John I Bentley ISBN / ISSN L000050024
   also Burnley Library Newspaper Index - several reports
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.RC.01
Map references :  OS SD 847362
Name :  Holy Trinity
Denomination :  Roman Catholic
Address :  Richard Street, Brierfield 
Presbytery :  Holy Trinity Presbytery, Richard Street, Brierfield  BB9 5HZ
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  C 1947-1962, M 1947-1954, 1961-1962
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  C 1896-1941, M 1897-1941, Confirmations 1897-1940 at Burnley Library
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1896 Founded
  1901 New church opened - see Nelson Library Newspaper Index
  1998 Church School moving to new building off Heyhead Street
  2002 New school now open
  see 'Holy Trinity, Brierfield 100 years, 1896-1996, an account' by Michael A McGrail
  2008 Church closed and building demolished
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.Bap.01
Map references :  OS SD 846363
Name :  Burnley Road Baptist Chapel
Denomination :  Baptist
Address :  Burnley Road, Brierfield (corner of Guildford Street)
 
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
  1885 Date stone on the chapel
  1909 Date stone on the extensions behind the chapel
  see 'Centenary, Brierfield Baptist Chapel, 1886-1986' by (the chapel)
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.Con.01
Map references :  a - 
b - OS SD 854364
c - OS SD 847366
Name :  a - Marsden Height
b - Providence
c - Brierfield Congregational Church (now United Reformed Church)
Denomination :  Congregational (now United Reformed Church)
Address :  a - Marsden Height
b - Halifax Road, Brierfield (Four Lane Ends)
c - Colne Road, Brierfield .. corner of Chapel Street
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
Burials 1866-1921      + MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  records start 1837 onwards but very incomplete  enquire - Rev Sally Thomas 01282 698048
Graveyard
  OS SD 854364 Halifax Road, Brierfield
  Grass cut, headstones have been moved and placed in the corners of the burial ground
Memorial Inscriptions
  Transcribed in 1972 .. 154 headstones dated 1850-1967
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  Burnley, Colne and Nelson Libraries
Brief History
  By the 19th century, mission services held in a small room at Marsden Height
  1837 Providence Chapel built on Halifax Road, Brierfield near Four Lane Ends
  1851 Religious Census = Providence Chapel erected 1837 .. Congregational or Independents
  1878 Brierfield Congregational Church opened
  1892 Rebuilt on Colne Road .. (Demolished)
  1991 Rebuilt on same site in part of the new Community Centre, Brierfield
  2000 Closed .. see Nelson Library Newspaper Index - several reports
  Burnley Gazette 18.Jun.1881, page 6, cols 2 to 4 'The rise and progress of Congregationalism in Brierfield
  see 'Congregationalism: from Marsden Height to Brierfield' by T Wesley Brown (1901)
  also 'History of Brierfield Congregational Church' transcribed by Peter Sagar from the jubilee celebrations booklet
  see also 'Lancashire Non Conformity' by Nightingale (1891)
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.IM.01
Map references :  OS SD 846364
Name :  Independent Methodist Chapel
Denomination :  Independent Methodist
Address :  Halifax Road, Brierfield .. corner of Walter Street
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  none
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  Baptisms 1882-1905, Membership 1881-1905, at the Administration and Resource Centre, Fleet Street, Pemberton, Wigan WN5 0DS, telephone 01942 223526
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1890 Chapel opened? - see Nelson Leader Newspaper Index
  1939 Date stone with a Cross (St.John's Ambulance Cross)
          Closed
 (1998) Building derelict
  2001 Building being renovated and now used by (BFD.Pen.01)
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.Pen.01
Map references :  a - OS SD 849365
b - OS SD 846364
Name :  a - The Full Gospel Mission
b - Living Hope
Denomination :  Pentecostal
Christian Fellowship
Address :  a - Stanley Street, Brierfield
b - Halifax Road, Brierfield .. corner of Walter Street
 
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
  1915 Date stone 29.May.1915 on Stanley Street building
 (1998 Telephone Directory, address: 43 Clitheroe Road, Brierfield)
  1998 Building in good repair and being painted but no sign outside
  1999 Sign over door: Full Gospel Mission
  1999 Looking for different premises .. Nelson Leader 16.April
 (2001 Building now occupied by Masjud & Madrassa, Usman Ghanicran Trust)
  2001 Moved to building of former Independent Methodist Chapel (BFD.IM.01) on Halifax Road, Brierfield
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.PB.01
Map references :  OS SD 849364
Name :  Hebron Hall
Denomination :  Plymouth Brethren
Address :  Walter Street, Brierfield
 
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
  1949 Founded in Brierfield by Fred Parr
          At first met in rooms above present 'Steele, Ford & Newton' on Colne Road
          Moved premises above the garage at the corner of Colne Road & Commercial Street
  1958 Wooden hut erected on Walter Street
  1987 Building faced in stone
  1999 Celebration of 50 years .. see Nelson Leader 5.Mar.1999, page 6 + photograph
  see Commemorative booklet produced for the event
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.PM.01
Map references :  a - OS SD 851364
b - OS SD 847363
Name :  Primitive Methodist Chapel
Denomination :  Primitive Methodist
Address :  a - Halifax Road, Brierfield (Heyhead)
b - Burnley Road, Brierfield .. corner of Carlton Street
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
M 1920-1955    + MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  -
Graveyard
  Halifax Road, Brierfield OS SD 851364 
Memorial Inscriptions
  Transcribed in 1972 .. 12 headstones date from 1843-1923(?)
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  Colne Library
Brief History
  1825 The Marsden Society was part of the Clitheroe Circuit
  1832 Heyhead Chapel built on Halifax Road
  1851 Religious census = Heyhead built 1835 used as chapel and school
  1866 Chapel built on Colne Road, Brierfield .. now Power House Gym
  1886 School premises built next to the chapel .. now Blakeys Locksmiths & Antiques
  1955? Chapel closed - Congregation transferred to (BFD.WM.01) in official 'Union'
  see Burnley Library Newspaper Index - several reports
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.Qua.01
Map references :  OS SD 853364
Name :  Newhead Quaker Burial Ground
Denomination :  Quaker
Address :  Halifax Road, Brierfield .. opposite Mansfield Crescent (Heyhead)
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
MIs .. see Newhead, Heyhead, The Society of Friends
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  51 burials 1655-1704, at Colne Library
Graveyard
  Small and overgrown
Memorial Inscriptions
  No Headstones
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  see Brierfield MIs - for burials 1656-1731, at Colne Library
Brief History
  1934 Donated to Brierfield Council as "an open space for ever"
  1957 Now a Garden of Rest
  1999 Overgrown and no sign of any headstones
          Plaque on the back wall = Heyhead Burial Ground 1656-1731
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.Qua.02
Map references :  OS SD 863361
Name :  Meeting House
Denomination :  Quaker
Address :  Marsden Heights, King's Causeway, Brierfield .. behind houses 397 to 401
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  MIs
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  24 burials 1721-1787, at Colne Library
Graveyard
  Small .. no access
Memorial Inscriptions
  Three headstones
 (2001) No sign of any gravestones .. Alton's book, see below, lists members of Ecroyd family buried there
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  see Brierfield MIs - 24 burials 1721-1787, at Colne Library
Brief History
  1656 Meetings held at Marsden Heights
  1688 First Marsden Meeting House of Quakers
  1697 Meeting House built at Marsden Height on land belonging to the Ecroyd Family
  1763 Closed when new premises opened at Four Lane Ends (BFD.Qua.03)
  1975 "The burial ground behind end cottage (Peak Cottage) was sold aroound 1975, no burials for some time before that because no access possible" ref (Mr.Armstrong - a Quaker, 1/96 Nelson Library Map Index)
  see 'The Quakers of Marsden - The story of a meeting' by Edwin Alton (1978)
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.Qua.03
Map references :  OS SD 856364
Name :  Meeting House
Denomination :  Quaker / Society of Friends
Address :  Walverden Road, Brierfield (Four Lane Ends)
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  Births 1654-1961, M 1658-1963, B 1654-1961    + MIs .. (indexed under Marsden - Society of Friends)
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  43 Burials in the old section 1768-1837
  37 Burials in new section     -1959
    5 Burials of ashes 1962-1978 
  see Barrowford, Brierfield & Nelson MIs at Colne Library 
Graveyard
  Closed .. Ashes buried there 1962-1978
Memorial Inscriptions
  Transcribed in 1981 - 33 headstones dated 1834-1978 and 3 tablets for ashes
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  Burnley and Colne Libraries
Brief History
          Early meetings were held at Cloverhill, Heyhead & Folds House, Briercliffe see (BCF.Qua.01)
  1763 Meeting House built at Four Lane Ends
          Quaker School House, Marsden Heights - 310 King's Causeway OS SD 862362
  1851 Religious Census = Friends Meeting House erected before 1800
  1987 Main building now used by a charity .. The adjoining caretaker's cottage became the Meeting House .. (Under one roof)
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Town / Index no :  Brierfield - BFD.WM.01
Map references :  OS SD 846365
Name :  a - Brierfield Wesleyan Chapel
b - The Methodist Church, Brierfield
Denomination :  Wesleyan Methodist
Methodist
Address :  a - Halifax Road, Brierfield
b - Colne Road, Brierfield .. corner of Wesley Street
 
Parish Registers at Lancashire Archives, listed in LANCAT online catalogue
  C 1862-1895, M 1869-1904
Local Sources for Copies of Parish Registers
  -
Graveyard
  none
Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Local Copies of Memorial Inscriptions
  -
Brief History
  1840 Services in the kitchen of Mr.Tunstill, then Sunday School opened in Colne Road
  1849 In a room in Halifax Road
  1851 Religious Census = Brierfield, erected 1849 .. Chapel, a large room over two cottages
  1861 Date stone on new chapel built on Colne Road
  1862 New chapel opened
  see 'A short history of Wesleyan Methodism in Brierfield, from 1838 to 1902' by C Craven
  also 'History of Wesleyan Methodism in Brierfield' by Chippendale Craven and Jethro Gott, transcribed by Peter Sagar (1933)
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2002 LFHHS Pendle & Burnley Branch