Lodge pew: Reservoirs updale

This lovely old wooden pew came from the former Wesleyan chapel at Lodge, a small settlement at the top of Nidderdale which had to be abandoned when Scar House Reservoir was constructed. The chapel closed with the completion of the works. The pew has rounded sides, and a hymn book shelf at the back for those seated behind. It was moved to the Scar workmen’s canteen during the time of the dam building.

It was ultimately rescued by Jack Haines, who was born in Scar Village and was employed there, along with both sets of grandparents, his parents, and aunts and uncles. The brass plaque on the pew shows that it was restored and loaned to the Museum in 1994 by Yorkshire Water, based in Bradford.