Archives – Bolton (Horwich)

We have the following images of Horwich Independent Methodist Church in our archives.

Horwich Independent Methodist Church was established in 1862 on Lee Lane.  A day school operated at the church from 1881, but was transferred to Lancashire County Council in 1905.  The church was closed in February 2017 and is now Hazelbrook Christian Nursing Home.

In the archives, we hold the following items from this church:

  • Printed Histories: (Jubilee History 1912; Centenary History 1962)
  • Registers: (Baptismal Registers 1864 – 1907, 1898 – 1995; Marriage Registers 1889 – 1992; Marriage Certificates/stubs 1900 – 1988; Membership Records 1938 – 1994; Associate Members’ Records)
  • Church Minutes and Correspondence: (Minute Books 1931 – 1986; Correspondence with Connexion re trustees 1994 – 1995)
  • Financial Records: (Treasurer’s Books 1897 – 1946 (with pew rents),  1946 – 1993; Other financial records 1942 – 1978; Magazine Accounts 1966 – 2000)
  • Church Groups: (Overseas Missions Records 1917 – 1948; Christian Endeavour Minutes 1913 – 1936; Sunday School reports 1969, 1980;  Women’s Auxiliary Minutes 1927 – 1986)
  • Newspaper Cuttings: (Account of conversion of old chapel to nursing home 1989; Account of beginnings of Bolton Community Church by former IM members 1982)
  • Miscellaneous Items: (Delegates’ Handbook to Conference 1962;  Church Newsletter 1972; Notices of church meetings 1954, 1959; Funeral Programme, Joyce Hargreaves 2013)