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ISSUE 13 CONTENTS
A Saunter Around Slack
The first chapel at Slack opened in 1808,
In the year 1836 a Mr Crabtree walked this way and observed "a straggling hamlet called Heptonstall Slack where, it is said, there are the remains of some earthworks but of what nature I have been unable to ascertain." A not unfamiliar experience even today.
In size and shape Slack Chapel is typical of the many Baptist churches which flourished in the Pennines.
The old milestone showing that "Burnly" was a mile further on than today!
One of the early ministers, the Rev Richard Ingham, had a strong aversion to performing the marriage ceremony. Not from any doctrinal conflict but simply because he did not like to make people unhappy. He never conducted a marriage service.
From "Heptonstall - A walk around the Edges" by Stan McCarthy.
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