Snowdon’s Ilkley

Rev J Snowdon

 Wednesday 24th February – 7.30pm

On Wednesday Feb 24th at 7.30pm in Church Alex Cockshott will be give an illustrated talk about Rev John Snowdon, 36 years vicar of Ilkley.  In the Nineteenth Century the village was growing and so was the Church and it was then that both of them took the form we know today.  Ilkley had a picturesque brook running down the main street, but this could be stinking with refuse in hot weather.  The village was composed of many single-storey thatched cottages but new houses were starting to be built.  Rev. Snowden saw the village growing with full time residents as well as many summer visitors.  This resulted in a big extension of the Church in 1860/61 to accommodate the growth in congregation. By the time of his death at the end of the 1870s Ilkley had been laid out with the wide streets and elegant houses which we would recognise today. He promoted the Bath Charity Hospital (now Abbeyfield),  the Mechanics Institute, the Church Institute and the new Church of England School. He also increased the number of church bells and encouraged bell-ringing.

In the Church we have memorial windows to Rev. Snowdon, his wife and their sons.  Their gravestones remain on the north side of the church.

We’re guaranteed a fascinating talk by our very own renowned historian,  Alex Cockshott who brings the past to life in a riveting way.

This is a Church Development Fundraising Event.

Tickets – £5.00 (inc refreshments) – available from the Church Office and Alex Cockshott.,

Venue – Church.