A Brief Timeline Of Events in Our History

1843

The church formed under the Scottish Baptist Order.

1843

Another baptism of two men, George Booth and Thomas Pounder Jnr, took place at 9am in The Slake, an area which is near the Middleton Docks.

1844

The first resident pastor was Francis Hill.

1846

A prayer meeting was held at 6 a.m. and at 7 a.m. there was a baptismal service for five people at the Old Pier.

1851

Land on the North East corner of Chare-Head Field was leased to the church for use to build the Chapel on.

1851

The stone laying ceremony of the new church building commenced beginning with the laying of the cornerstones and was later followed by a service and a public tea party.

1852

The new chapel was opened for worship in February 1852.

1865

A license to conduct marriages in the church was granted in September.

1912

The church joined the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland’s Ministerial Settlement and Sustentation Fund.

1914

The original chapel was destroyed by the Germans during the bombardment of Hartlepool during the First World War.

1921

The opening ceremony of the Baptist Church (Bombardment Memorial) chapel was presided over by Rev Harry Kay, with many guests from the town and region.

1956

A service of Covenant and Dedication of the foundation members of West View Church which saw 28 members leave Regent Street to become the core of the new church.

1965

The opening ceremony took place to open the new upper hall for the youth group.

1966

The new Sunday School was started, with 250 children being registered.

1992

Songs of Praise (Tyne Tees TV) came to Hartlepool to record a televised Easter service.

2006

After extensive alterations to the chapel had been completed, the church celebrated with an opening service led by David Coffey. The church was renamed Headland Baptist Church during the service.

2007

The Church hosted the live broadcast of the “Battle of The Bands” competition which was produced by God TV.

2010

The Tall Ships Race arrived in Hartlepool, and the church put on a weeks’ worth of activities from a BBQ to a night of music and worship. Some Texans from First Baptist Church of Salado visited to help the church with these activities.