The Religious Census showed that by 1851 Todmorden had a higher than average proportion of Nonconformist worshippers, nearly half of whom were Methodists. In 1942 York Street WM amalgamated with Bridge Street (founded during the WMA secession of 1835-37) and the united society later moved into the York Street Sunday School building, redesignated Todmorden Central Methodist Church.
John Wesley's Journal:
May 1747: 'We then climbed up [from Shore] to Todmorden Edge, the brow of a long chain of mountains, where I called a serious people to "repent and believe the gospel". '
August 1748: 'I … rode to Todmorden Edge. Here several prisoners were set at liberty.'
June 1752: 'The minister was slowly recovering from a violent fit of a palsy, with which he was struck immediately after he had been preaching a virulent sermon against the Methodists. 'I preached on the side of a mountain to a large and earnest congregation…'
April 1755: 'About ten I preached near Todmorden. The people stood, row above row, on the side of the mountain. They were rough enough in outward appearance; but their hearts were as meltring wax.'
April 1780: 'I preached in Todmorden church, with great enlargement of heart.'
April 1782: 'I preached, about eleven, in Todmorden church, thoroughly filled with attentive hearers.'
July 1784: Between one and two I preached in Todmorden church; and, at five, in our own preaching-house, boldly situated on the steep ascent of a tall mountain.'
April 1786: 'How changed are both the place and the people since I saw them first! "Lo! The smiling fields are glad; and the human savages are tame!" '
April 1788: 'About ten we began the service in the church at Todmorden, crowded sufficiently. I found uncommon liberty among these poor mountaineers.'