St Bartholemew's Church

St Bartholomew's Church tower under construction in 1910The building of the present church is mainly due to the efforts of Rev Buller. The cost was £10,000 and it seats 800. Buller also established a mission for the navvies working at the time on the Standedge Tunnel.

The nave and aisle were finished in 1895, the chancel and lady chapel in 1899, and the church bell was donated in 1895 by Joseph Crowther, the local millowner. The tower was built in 1911, and the Parochial Hall in 1924 (with an extension in 1978).

At the time of writing there is a peal of 10 bells. Eight bells were cast by Taylor's of Loughborough, cost £1,634, and were dedicated in 1923. The inscriptions on them are:

The gift of Joseph Crowther (recast)
The gift of the Children of Marsden
The gift of the Friends of Marsden Church
The gift of Samuel Firth
The gift of the Church Needlework Society
The gift of the Parishioners of Marsden
The gift of the Parishioners of Marsden
The gift of John Edward Crowther

Two more bells were installed in 1954.



These pages are from a 1945 souvenir brochure to mark the jubilee of the "Cathedral of the Colne Valley"