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Once someone decided to build a mill there was a need for stone with which to construct it, so quarries were opened up. Mills and quarries needed labour so cottages were built and roads laid out with the same stone. Homes needed warmth and the mills needed coal so coal mining developed. People needed the comfort of religion so churches were built throughout the town to welcome a variety of faiths.

In this section we look at several of the town’s old churches:

St John’s;

St Gregory’s;

The Methodist Church;

The New Connexion chapel;

St Oswald’s;

The Wesleyan church (Kerridge).