Newsome South Methodist Church
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Formerly known as Berry Brow Wesleyan Methodist Church.
A Society was in existence by 1797, though by 1799 it had stopped meeting; this was probably due to the divisions caused by the New Connexion breaking away from the Wesleyans in the Huddersfield area in 1797.
Wesleyan local preachers held open-air services at Deadmanstone from 1812; they often preached from a rock amongst the crags there.
Class meetings were held at Armitage Bridge, Newsome and Taylor Hill from 1816. In 1824 a chapel was built at Deadmanstone and was called the Rock Chapel. A Sunday School was established in 1824.
In 1892-93 a new chapel was built in Birch Road and the Rock Chapel closed in 1893. Between 1979-1980 this chapel merged with Primrose Hill and Newsome Towngate Methodist Churches to form Newsome South Methodist Church using premises in Birch Road. The Rock Chapel was demolished in 1980.
In 1980-1981 the Sunday School was rebuilt to form a church, hall and meeting rooms. It is still in existence in 2009.