Rid­dle of donors to sea­side church

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Scar­bor­ough North York­shire St An­drew’s United Re­formed Church in Scar­bor­ough is cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary and as church his­to­rian I am try­ing to find out more about the orig­i­nal fi­nan­cial back­ers who do­nated money to the build­ing com­mit­tee.

The orig­i­nal sub­scribers’ record book shows that some of these gen­er­ous peo­ple lived in Brig­house and I should like to know more about them. Why did they choose to sup­port a church in Scar­bor­ough? Did they come here for hol­i­days? Or were they mem­bers of the Con­gre­ga­tional Church, be­cause St An­drew’s was orig­i­nally South Cliff Con­gre­ga­tional Church?

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion or would like to know more about the church I should he happy to hear from them.

Even­tu­ally the names and de­tails I man­age to trace will form part of our church archive, with ac­knowl­edge­ments to the peo­ple who sup­ply the in­for­ma­tion.

I be­lieve the donors de­serve to be re­mem­bered as more than ini­tials, sur­names and sums of money; we need to know more about them as peo­ple. Their legacy to us is a beau­ti­ful church with a fan­tas­tic history and by com­pil­ing this archival me­mo­rial we shall leave a last­ing record of St An­drew’s United Re­formed Church, Scar­bor­ough: Why did some of the early sub­scribers to this beau­ti­ful church come fro m Brig­house? our grat­i­tude.

I feel that, with sub­scribers to the build­ings com­mit­tee com­ing from many parts of the UK, this build­ing is not just a part of Scar­bor­ough’s her­itage or that of the de­nom­i­na­tion it serves. I be­lieve it is part of the her­itage of all these ar­eas and of the peo­ple who had enough faith to give money to the build­ing of a church in a part of the town which, in the early 1860s, was just be­ing de­vel­oped.

Who am I look­ing for? Mr Ormerod, H and J (?) Ormerod, Thomas Sug­den, D G Sug­den, S C Bot­tom­ley, D Raynor (sic), Scott (sic), R Sug­den, Alutt (sic) and Bitkin­son (sic).

I apol­o­gise for the lack of clar­ity with the names but the orig­i­nal trea­surer’s florid writ­ing is some­times dif­fi­cult to de­ci­pher. Lack of ini­tials does not help but I am hop­ing that some­one with his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge will recog­nise these peo­ple.

I as­sume that if they could con­trib­ute at all they were well known in the area in those days. If any­one wan to to get in touch with me by email my ad­dress is church­his­to­rian@bt­in­ter­net.com. The church’s web­site is www. scar­bor­ough-urc.org.uk

I hope you can help with this pro­ject; it is our way of say­ing: “Thank you.” Pa­tri­cia McNaughton (Church his­to­rian and

ar­chiv­ist, St An­drew’s URC; tel 01733 369070; email: church­histo


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