SOME NOTABLE PEOPLE BURIED AT WAINSGATE
Rev. Dr John Fawcett (1740 – 1817) – Minister at Wainsgate from 1763 – 1777. Baptist minister, theologian and composer of the well known hymn ‘Blest be the Tie that Binds our Hearts in Christian Love’.
Josiah Wade (1842 – 1908) – born into a poor family in Hebden Bridge, he invented and manufactured the ‘Arab’ printing press, and was Mayor of Halifax from 1902 to 1904.
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John Kitchen (1825 – 1895) – shoemaker, music teacher, piano seller, tuner and repairer. Composed several hymns and anthems and the oratorio ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’.
Harry Sculthorpe (1923 – 2008) – involved with the Freedom Press, publishers of the only anarchist newspaper published nationally in the UK. His epitaph reads ‘he lived for freedom’.
Twenty-seven men who died in the two world wars are commemorated at Wainsgate, including three who are buried in the graveyard. There is a marble memorial and photograph inside the chapel commemorating the eleven who died in WW1 who were connected with the church and Sunday school.
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