‘Priceless’ history salvaged from Padiham church

Mr and Mrs Bob and Ann Clark at Padiham Archive which has rescued precious items from the old Padiham Baptist Church.'Photo Ben Parsons
Mr and Mrs Bob and Ann Clark at Padiham Archive which has rescued precious items from the old Padiham Baptist Church.'Photo Ben Parsons

Archivists have salvaged “priceless” pieces of Padiham history from a 173-year-old church which has closed.

Historians from the Padiham Archive Group rescued a number of artefacts from Pendle Street Baptist Church which shut its doors for the final time last week.

The church, built in 1840, was forced to close due to dwindling congregations.

But archivists Coun. Bob Clark and Kieron Ridehalgh stepped in to save a slice of Padiham’s history that could have been lost forever.

Among the treasures were a magnificent wooden altar, an ornate marble roll of honour naming the church’s First World War dead and a banner used by generations in the historic Padiham Whit Walks.

Coun. Bob Clark, who runs the Padiham Archive with wife Ann, said: “It keeps the history of the church alive for future generations.

“The precious items will now have a home in the Padiham Archives for people to come and see.”

The items will be kept at Padiham Town Hall and will be available to view as part of fascinating displays at the archive exhibition later this month.

The Rev. Geoff Hartley, who retired from Pendle Street Baptist Church, said: “It is great as far as I am concerned. They are going to a good home.”

Furniture will go to other Baptist churches, Emmaus, a charity which helps homeless people, and charities providing furniture for children in Third World countries.