Church History

Photo of the original church, a small residential house in Hornsea.

The Congregational Church in Hornsea started in 1798 in the house of Mr Scaife. Photo from the Church.

Photo of the second home of the church in Hornsea, on Southgate.

In 1808 the church moved to new premises on Southgate. Photo from the Church.

The Hornsea United Reformed Church dates back over 200 years to 1798.

The house of Mr Scaife was ‘licensed for preaching’ thanks to the efforts of Rev. George Lambert.

Back then it was known as the Congregational Church and the first Minister, Rev. Henry Earls started in 1803.

The Congregational Church moved around 1808 to new premises on Southgate, Hornsea.

 

The current church was built 1982-1984 by Samuel Musgrage of Hull.

The current church was built 1982-1984 by Samuel Musgrave of Hull.

Between 1872-74 the current church was built by Samuel Musgrave of Hull; a fire in 1968 severely damaged the church (more information below) and was subsequently remodelled.

In 1972 the Congregational Church became part of the United Reformed Church and has remained an active member ever since.

Some information from http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/yorks/east/vol7/pp273-295.


Church Fire

Photo showing the aftermath of a fire which destroyed a large part of the roof

The church roof was badly damaged in a fire in 1968. Photo by Frank Barrett and supplied to the Hornsea Civic Society by Barbara Barret. Used with permission of the Hornsea Civic Society

Photo showing the aftermath of a fire which destroyed a large part of the roof.

Alternative view of The church roof was badly damaged in a fire in 1968. Photo by Frank Hobson, supplied to the Hornsea Civic Society and used with their permission.

Hornsea Civic Society recently posted the story of a fire which ripped through the church roof in 1968.

The church central heating boiler had been converted from coal gas to use natural gas which burns at a higher temperature; this had not been taken fully into account and the boiler overheated.

The photos supplied by Frank Barrett and Frank Hobson to the civic society show the extent of the damage.


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