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The Wesleyan Chapel was in Bull Street, now East Street, to the south west of the Magistrates Court (once the Town Hall). The site then became a row of small shops, then these were demolished and the site eventually became Marks & Spencers although there may have been some other occupant of the site meanwhile. On Google Streetview it is Poundland. The Wesleyan Chapel was replaced by a large Central Hall on the other side of East Street, directly facing the Magistrates Court and running through to what is now London Road and the site is the current 1950s Methodist Church. The Central Hall was bombed in WW2.
I am pleased to have found this article about the Wesleyan chapel by Mr Hume which is similar to what Micheal Potter did about the congregational church in Barking. I am slightly confused as to the actual site the church was erected as it states the proposed site of a cottage the the erection on the site of an old timber chapel? I had read on a history site that Lloyd of London was donating money to buy the land for the wooden chapel. Re the factory chimney you have mentioned was more than likely the chimney that belonged to barking first power station built by barking local council in 1897. the local library and government buildings of that time along with Wesleyan seemed to be bringing education and enlightenment to the area.
The chapel as in the picture survived until 1929 until it was deemed structurally unsound and was demolished, and was replaced by a new Methodist chapel on the same site that opened in 1932. That chapel remains a functional Methodist place of worship but as ‘The Fishermen’s Chapel’ – see; http://fishermenschapel.org.uk/about-us/ . So, the chapel was not ‘replaced’ by ‘Leigh Wesley Methodist Church’, both are functioning to this day but serving the community in different ways.
Thank you for spotting this error, which I have amended. I have also been able to add to the post.
You have the wrong photograph pictured. That chapel was Ilkley Congregational Chapel prior to the amalgamation with the Methodists. Their chapel as shown in the architects drawing stood in Wells Road and was demolished in the early 1980s.
1, Seagrave Road is a listed building, description includes: On right end, projecting to rear, a 2 storey wing with Welsh slate roof, C20 casements and tablet inscribed ‘Wesleyan Chapel 1839’. SK 64804 15982
Thanks for this information I had personally visited the grave site of Rev Dirk in the British Virgin Island Tortola Rev Dirk I was was told is my great grand Father. I am glad to know that he had served GOD well
I am told with authority Trinity joined with Pellon and Fairfield and formed Highgate Methodist in 1977.
A photo from 1915 appears to show the spire, so it must have been built. https://www.churches-uk-ireland.org/images/leics/market%20harb/meth_a.jpg
Just connected. My great grandfather, John, laid the foundation stone on Febr 2nd, 1875.
In 1947, I was with my Grand Father James W Belchar, at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento California. I was nine years old. Every night Gypsy Smith would open the Service with his song, “Let the Beauty of Jesus be seen in me.” I loved attending each service with my Grandfather, and was the only one of twelve Grandchildren who did so. I would like to communicate with you as your Grandparents may have been in my Grandfathers Church at that time. Thank you. Donna Pirone
This chapel is still in use. However it is now known as Upton Methodist Church.
Yes! please email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or create your own page on this site Many Thanks
Hi Lydia This is very interesting. Through ancestry DNA I have discovered I am related to Hunsonby Lancaster family. They emigrated to Canada in 1800s and I am in touch with descendants in Quebec. I would love to find out more about the family and if there are still relatives in the area. Kind regards, Annie
Hi I have some modern pictures of this chapel if you would be interested
I’ve added a more recent picture provided by Martin Hannant of Chipping Norton Methodist Church.
The 1805 chapel continued in use as a hall until its demolition in 1957. A new church hall now stands on its sight, linked to the later chapel of 1896 by a modern entrance way.
Victor Donald SIDDONS was in fact only awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on one occasion, London Gazette 1/1/1919, page 96. He was awarded an MBE during WW2, as a Army Chaplain.
Hello John If you could you submit a page to us about the trowel, with photos, we can link it to this page. Do you have a photo of the original Church by any chance? Regards Ann Editorial Team
EDDOWES JOURNAL, 24 May 1871, page 4. “WORKING MEN’S HALL, SHREWSBURY. A TEA MEETING will be held in the above Hall, on WEDNESDAY NEXT, MAY 31st, 1871, on Behalf of the BUILDING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL, FRANKWELL. Tea on the Tables at Five o’clock. After which a LECTURE will be delivered by the REV. F. J. SHARR, of Manchester. SUBJECT: ‘GOD IN HISTORY’. The Chair will be taken at Seven o’clock by C. C. COTES, ESQ. Tickets for Tea and Lecture, 1s. Lecture only, 6d. each may be had from Miss TIBNAM, Wyle Cop.” ———————————-
On the photograph captions the words “east” and “west” are reversed. What is described as the west side is in fact the east, etc.
Hi, I have a photograph from the early 1930s which I believe is of a large outing of the Dilston Road Wesleyan Methodist Church. With about 70 plus people on, with two people in the middle holding a cup. My grandma Margaret Edwards is in the picture as a teenager. I think it’s a Methodist outing because the teenagers/men at the back all have circular pin badges on. I’d be really happy to share this picture if someone could shed some light on it?
In answer to Joan Baker, Tyne and Wear Archives hold the records of the school, which include a file relating to the sale of the school to the local authority in 1913. There was also apparently an East Jarrow council school which was definitely open in the 1930s. So your mother may have attended school in this building, but it was no longer under Wesleyan control by then.
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