Rev. Peter Holt is the first full time minister (father of Raymond V. Holt, the Unitarian Historian)
The area of Croft is declared to be economically depressed. A £10 grant is awarded for the 'faithful few' struggling on at the chapel.
Tuesday 1st October 1895
James Sharples is among five men who lose their lives in a colliery explosion at the Wellington Mine at Tyldesley. His remains are interred in the burial ground (Grave E3).
Sunday 28th September 1913
The annual harvest festival, held at the chapel with visitors from Leigh Unitarian Chapel, raises £4 13d.
Thursday 9th November 1961
Two boys set the chapel on fire, destroying the organ, furnishings and fittings.
Liverpool Echo article 11/11/1961 reporting the chapel fire on 09/11/1961
Friday 23rd October 1964
A final attempt is made to restore the chapel.
Article from Manchester Evening News 23/10/1964 reporting the restoration plans for the chapel.
End of an Era
As the sources above show, the chapel was demolished at some point after the 1964 attempt to restore it. I have not been able to locate any records showing the exact date yet, nor any further mention of the chapel itself. I have read many different versions of when and why it was pulled down, none of them correct. Many official papers and books say it was demolished to build the housing estate. Not true. The housing estate was built around the chapel grounds, which has the same land boundary now as it always had (the only slight difference being the widening of the pavement and repositioning of the gate, which I am still looking for further details of).
Map of the current housing estate, overlaid with a map of the same area from the early 1900's.
Map of the military camp which came before the current housing estate, overlaid with a map of the same area from the early 1900's.