It seems from researching the history of the chapels in the Todmorden area that the 19th Century Methodists failed to agree on many matters of doctrine and practicalities. The chapel at Oldroyd was established following another disagreement, this time about an organ. A group of members broke away from the congregation at the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Mankinholes and formed their own group at Old Royd. They first held their meetings in a nearby school room. At a cost of £700 they opened their own chapel on 29th June 1882. The price included a few attached cottages.

The chapel continued until 1934, whereupon the congregation moved, complete with the chapel artifacts, to the United Free Methodist Church at Lumbutts, itself formed by an earlier break-away group of people from Mankinholes Chapel.

During the middle of the 20th Century, the building was used for potato preparation and as a crisp factory. The area is fenced off and little remains. What is remaining is part of the front wall and stone steps, with a lonely gate post marking the old entrance.

The West Yorkshire Archives at Halifax hold the baptism register

from 1883 to 1934


There is no burial ground

The following deed relating to the Old Royd area is held in the West Riding Registry of Deeds. The reference number is shown alongside the details.

For further information on the registry, see


The information was kindly researched and supplied by

Alan Longbottom to whom we are very grateful.

Langfield par Halifax Old Royd Chapel   1883     899 070 096

Memorial of Indenture Registered at Wakefield 14th June 1883

dated 8th June 1883


Between James Sutcliffe of Old Royd Mill in Langfield in the parish of Halifax, cotton mill manager of the 1st part.

James Smith of Lobb Mill in the said parish of Halifax – retired butcher

William Weld of Industrial Street Todmorden – brick manufacturer

John Law Collinge of Lobb Mill aforesaid – news agent

James Sutcliffe of Old Royd Mill – as above

James Hirst of Lobb Mill – rope….

George Walmesley of Industrial Street, Todmorden – twister

James Howson of Bank Side in Langfield – butcher

William Tidswell of Lumbutts in Langfield – weaver

Benjamin Sutcliffe of Old Royd Mill in Langfield – sizer

Fielden Pilling of Millwood – weaver

Frank Roberts of Millwood – corn miller

Enoch Needham of Carr Green in Langfield – weaver

John William Sutcliffe of Gutteroyd in Langfield – weaver

All of the 2nd part


Of and concerning all that plot, piece or parcel of land or ground as the same was then staked out or fenced off from a certain close, enclosure, piece or parcel of land or ground called the Folly Field or the Ridings Field, and which heretofore formed part of the Old Royd Estate in Langfield aforesaid, and measured on the northerly side thereof 51 feet, and on the southerly side, 48 feet and 9 inches, on the easterly side thereof, 119 feet and on the westerly side 95 feet 6 inches and contained in the whole by recent measurement 568 superficial square yards or thereabouts be the same more or less.


And also all that Chapel or meeting house then erected and built upon the said plot, piece or parcel of land, or upon some part thereof, together with the rights, members, easements, and appurtenances thereto belonging to it. (particularly the water rights and privilege mentioned in the indenture of the 21st October 1881)

Excepting nevertheless and reserving thereof unto John Arthur Ingham his heirs and assigns all mines and minerals as in the said indenture of the 21st October 1881 is also particularly mentioned.


And which said indentures as to the execution by the parties is witnessed by Walter Henry Hudson of Todmorden, clerk to Edwin Craven solicitor