Salvation Army arrived in Darlington July 12th
1879 when Captain Rose Clapham (21yrs) and Lieutenant Anne de Venny (19yrs) hire Livingston Hall which seated 2,500.
Stead wrote “I found two delicate
girls—one hardly able to write a letter; the other not yet nineteen—ministering
to a crowded congregation which they had themselves collected out of the
street, and building up an aggressive church-militant out of the human refuse
which other churches regarded with blank despair”.
The end result was a new
church with over 200 members attending every week by January 1880
1887 William Booth laid the foundation stone for Darlington Citadel, the main
hall was built to hold 1,700 people with a smaller room beneath for 450 people.
In 2009 The Salvation Army builds a new church on Thompson St East.