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New Chapel Independent, Baldwin/Ormskirk Street -



The history of this Non-Conformist Protestant Christian congregation can be traced to the mid-17th century and its first purpose-built chapel was erected in 1710.

In the 19th century, with the town's fast increasing population and with structural subsidence due to the activity of local coal pit owners, the chapel was subsequently demolished and rebuilt with larger capacity and to better standards in 1826.

In the 1860s the Presbyterians moved to a new church in Tolver Street.

Due to the extensive redevelopment of St Helens town centre in the 1970s the church relocated to its current King Street site in 1976.

The NatWest Bank is currently on the site of the old church in Ormskirk Street (a section that was once known as being Baldwin Street).

The memorials for the sacrifice of some of the congregation in the 20th century world wars can be found on our St Helens Rolls of Honour site: World War 1 and World War 2.

No marriages were allowed in non-conformist churches and couples had to marry in Anglican churches, but records of some of the baptisms and burials can be found on the Lancashire OPC site.



Picture showing the old school on the right



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Dave

14838 posts
Thu, 3 Sep 2015, 21:32.

One of my earliest St Helens ancestors (I've found so far) was the Reverend Jonathan Mercer who came to St Helens in the 1740s to take charge of this church. His family came from Allerton (then near Liverpool). He was one of my ggggg grandfathers.


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