Next year marks the 150th anniversary of Oakes Baptist Church and they want to stage an exhibition of the area’s past to mark the occasion.

Will Mace, a member of the leadership team at the church, has appealed for people with Oakes connections to search out old photos and memorabilia for the exhibition which will be in January at the church.

Will said: “Back in 1864 Victorian expansion changed the landscape around Oakes with the construction of Wellington Mills, the Highgate Pub, the Baptist Church and the old Oakes Junior School in Wellington Street.

“As Oakes Baptist Church prepares to celebrate its 150th year celebrations in 2014 the church would like to display an exhibition of photos of the Oakes area, in particular focusing on Wellington Mills and the surrounding area.

“Even today, the streets around Oakes have changed little in 150 years ago and although there have been few changes in housing, the function of many of the buildings has changed dramatically.

“Wellington Mills, one time at the heart of Huddersfield’s textile industry, was once the largest employer in the area with 1,400 people working there. Today it houses residential apartments and is also home to businesses and offices with a coffee mill and bistro.

“The church still hosts Sunday services as it did 150 years ago but during the week is used by the community for various activities including a Friday morning toddler group and community caf� – also on Fridays – between 9am and 1.30pm.”

If you have any photos of the Oakes area from the last 150 years – including contemporary images – please contact Will Mace on 07970 628654 or email