Blue plaque marks town’s Salvation Army links

Brighouse Civic Trust award to Brighouse Salvation Army Citadel, King Street. Pictured are Mary Taylor, Margaret Hemsworth, John Culpan, Gareth Owen, Christine Duxbury and Michael Taylor.
Brighouse Civic Trust award to Brighouse Salvation Army Citadel, King Street. Pictured are Mary Taylor, Margaret Hemsworth, John Culpan, Gareth Owen, Christine Duxbury and Michael Taylor.

Members of Brighouse Civic Trust have handed over the latest in a series of blue heritage plaques to be placed on historic and notable buildings in the town centre.

A plaque has been placed at Brighouse Salvation Army Citadel, in King Street, a building which started as a Sunday School chapel before becoming Brighouse Magistrates Court for several decades.

It will be the second blue plaque in Brighouse to mark links with the Salvation Army. The other, in Bethel Street, marks the location of the former chapel where William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was minister for a time. His son Ballington Booth was born in Brighouse.

Mike Stead, of Brighouse Civic Trust, said: “The Citadel on King Street is again a regular place of worship and a thriving centre for the community of Brighouse.”

Mr Stead said the blue plaque scheme marks the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked.

“The building on King Street was designed by AG Sladdin and first opened in 1914 as St Paul’s Wesleyan Sunday School. The chapel itself had been first opened in 1885 but was closed in 1949 and was eventually demolished to become the Co-op car park.

“The Sunday School building went on to enjoy a more impressive life as the Magistrates Court and since 1995 as the Salvation Army Citadel.”