DEVONSHIRE Street Congregational Church was located just back from North Street, at the junction with Scott Street.

The foundation stone was laid on Shrove Tuesday in 1855 by local mill owner John Brigg. The church officially opened a year later, on June 25. At that time, the church was effectively on the fringes of the town – North Street itself didn’t exist until towards the end of the 19th century.

Leeds architect James Simpson designed the church “in the Italian style”.

It had seating for over 1,000 worshippers and rooms underneath for the Sunday School.

The church, which was frequented by some of the most influential families in Keighley, was demolished in 1964 and New Devonshire House was built in its place.

Images are provided by Keighley and District Local History Society, with research by Tim Neal. The society meets on the second Wednesday of every month in Keighley Local Studies Library. More information can be found on its website or Facebook page.