Chronology of Baptist presence in Bury
1831 Andrew Nuttall of Haslingden commenced the work as a branch from West Street, Rochdale. This work taken over by County Home Mission who rented Commercial Buildings, Spring St, Bury.
1844 Rev'd. Joseph Harvey appointed as missioner for Bury.
1845 Good FridayChurch formed of 15 members including the pastor, his wife and Mr Nuttall. Church building erected in Knowsley St. During this time, Rev'd. Franklyn Haworth, Unitarian minister, accepted Trinitarian views and principles and was baptized by immersion by his friend the Rev'd. Joseph Harvey.
1853 Rev'd. Franklyn Haworth breaks away from the Unitarian Church.
1854 Rev'd. Franklyn Haworth founded church in Commercial Buildings as a Free Christian Church.
1859 Foundation stone laid for Christian Church, Rochdale Road - a Mr Kemp from West St, Rochdale, was at the ceremony.
1860 Sept 30th, Christian Church, Rochdale Road, opened.
1865 Baptist College for training of ministers founded at Chamber Hall, Rev'd Henry Dawson, President. Forerunner of the present Northern Baptist College at Manchester.
1881 Chesham Baptist founded in upper room of a stable in Back St Anne's Street, as an offshoot of Knowsley St. Work commenced by Rev'd. Joseph Harvey.
1895 Foundation stone laid for a new church on Chesham Road.
1898 Tenterden St (Ebenezer Baptist) moved to Tenterden St from Knowsley St.
1968 NovemberDecision made to unite the three churches and a committee formed for this purpose.
1970 Oct 25thLast service at Chesham.
1970 Dec 13thLast service from Knowsley St.
1971 June (1st Sunday), Room of Bungalow at 114 Manchester Road used for morning services until new church built.
1971 December 19th, Last service at Christian Church.
1972 Jan 15th, Official opening of the new church. The Preacher was Rev'd. M.H. Taylor, Principal of the Northern Baptist College. Rev'd TA Hubbard & Rev'd. T.A. Roberts, minister of the church.
1978 July 15th, Rev'ds. T.A. Roberts and J. McEwan inducted to ministry of Bury & Rochdale.
1981 January, Rev'd Arthur Roberts accepted a call to be Minister of Fishergate Baptist Church, Preston and Rev. James McEwan was invited to become solely Minister of Bury Baptist Church.