Riddle of donors to seaside church
10 Trafalgar Road
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 email@example.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