|Cowling Quarrymen at Work|
The village of Cowling near Keighley was the home to many Bancroft families in the 18th & 19th century. Many were involved with the stone business and worked either in quarries in the area, or indeed actually owned small quarries on pieces of land they owned.
The building firm called "Bancroft & Gott" was set up by two families who were both involved in the stone business, and probably their greatest achievement was the building on the Methodist Chapel, on the site of a previous chapel, in Ickornshaw nr Cowling.
|Ickornshaw Chapel - soon after opening|
Three Bancroft brothers, Smith b 1838, Isaac b 1846 and John b 1853 were all involved in the work which commenced in 1875.
Their time-sheets show a charge of five shillings per person per day against the hours spent by most of the stonemasons during the months from May 1875 to April 1876 when they were employed as stonemasons to build the new Chapel, and I list below a time and wages sheet taken from an old "Bancroft and Gott" ledger showing the hours worked by Isaac Bancroft on the chapel and wages paid to to him.
|Isaac Bancroft's time & wages|
On the 8th July 1876 the new Wesleyan Chapel at Ickornshaw was opened and was described in the Keighley News as a "plain substantial building. The interior of the building was said to be very neat and well arranged, the entrance being from the side furthest from the road. There is a gallery all round approached by a staircase on each side of the corridor. It is seated for 500 worshippers, with open benches, and the pulpit stands in front of the organ and choir gallery. Underneath the Chapel is a school estimated to accommodate 300 Sunday School scholars, which is divided into three rooms, one large, and two classrooms."
|Ickornshaw Chapel Apartments|
|Crag Delph Cowling|