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Hello, Two of my Grandmother’s brothers were baptised at Mountsorrel Wesleyan Chapel in 1885 and 1887 -Albert Henry and Leonard Jacob Bowler The pictures shown may not be the Chapel where they were baptised, as you say the original church was sold to Mt Sorrel Granite Co . Is there an earlier picture of the original church or meeting house and if so could I obtain a copy or even email me one? Thank you John Burt
Thanks, I’ve moved the page now.
I think the Samuel Hodgson you have listed who died in 1795 is the same Samuel Hodgson who drowned in that year in the River Wear, Sunderland after preaching on the north side and crossing back to the south. He is buried in Sunderland Minster graveyard but the headstone is very much worn. On a slide I have of the grave (taken by my father Geoffrey Milburn) is a note: “He was Chairman of the Newcastle District” and gives a reference for information as Pawson iii 1793/4
Gateshead is Co Durham, not Northumberland
Open this year but has not reopened following Covid-19. Information from Welshpool and Bro Hafren Circuit Plan – not my own local knowledge.
The Sunday School banner is on permanent display in the Newcastle Methodist District Archives in Felling
New page submitted about this church
See article: https://stjameschurchnewcastle.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/remembering-the-bond.pdf for a comprehensive history
Information taken from: https://stjameschurchnewcastle.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/benwell-churches-heritage-trail-a4.pdf
A new permanent Wesleyan Methodist church building was opened on Adelaide Terrace in 1899 to replace the Iron Chapel. A large part of the money to build this was contributed by Tyneside businessman and politician Sir W.H. Stephenson. It is named the Bond Memorial after Charlotte Bond, Stephenson’s sister-in-law (who paid much of the costs of the Iron Chapel) and her mother, also called Charlotte Bond. The church building was demolished in 2016.
Info. from: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/demolition-benwell-chapel-causes-stir-10748894 dated 18th January 2016: The St James’ Heritage society has managed to save a war memorial from the building, and is in discussions about a stained glass window. Foundation stones from the church will also be saved and used to create seats in the front garden of Action for Children, a charity based out of the manse next door.
I am not sure that this is an image of Adelaide Terrace chapel. See https://stjameschurchnewcastle.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/benwell-churches-heritage-trail-a4.pdf which has this image named as Benwell Grove Methodist Church. Details about churches in the Benwell area are provided in this link but unfortunately it does not distinguish between the different strands of Methodism. There is more to be discovered!
Most obituaries for Wesleyan Methodist ministers prior to 1900 are available via a link elsewhere on this site https://www.mywesleyanmethodists.org.uk/content/research-resources/links/minutes_of_the_wesleyan_methodist_conference
As the second question asked at each Conference (after “And are we yet alive?”) was “Which of our ministers have died since the last Conference?” it is relatively painless to find obituaries online. Happy hunting!
The chapel was mentioned in the 1877 Directory but is absent from later issues. It therefore seems likely that it closed around this time. By 1873 there was another Wesleyan chapel about a mile away in Mowsley and it may be that there were too few Wesleyans in this area to support two chapels so close together. It has not been possible to establish where the chapel stood but the images illustrate what must be a good candidate. The building has the typical chapel footprint of a rectangular building entered through a porch in the centre of one end. Unusual features of this building are the chimney and the use of the Tudor style for the openings. At present the building appears to be occupied in conjunction with nearby property. Sources Returns of accommodation provided in Wesleyan Methodist chapels and other preaching places obtained by The Wesleyan Chapel Committee in pursuance of a minute of the Conference of 1873, London 1875, No 77 White’s Directory of Leicestershire, 1877, p 265
In 1873 there was seating for 146 persons. Apart from a spike to 170 in 1891 this remained consistent down to 1931, by which date all sittings were free. In 1940 the chapel seated for 150 in pews. It measured 45 feet by 23 feet and the school halls on the ground and first floor were each 24 feet by 15 feet. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester MAC Lawson, 1881/104,1891/117, 1901/114, 1911/109 John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2Wesleyan Accommodation returns, 1931/112 John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940, No 688
I would be very interested to have sight of Timothy Ingle’s obituary. Are you able to send it to me, please?
It is still open. The location and a photo may be found here https://www.meltonmethodist.org.uk/upperwreake.htm
I have sent you an email with a little more information about Timothy. Pamela Editorial Team
My relative (Great grandfather x 3) Timothy Clarkson Ingle was appointed to the North Walsham Circuit in 1816 – his initial placement. Does anyone know anything of him? I have only his obituary notice from the Minutes of Conference 1852 – 4
Velda Have just spotted your interesting information. If you are able to scan or copy any of the documents that would be great. If it would help I would be happy to scan/copy them for you to go on to this website.
(phone number supplied) please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contact David) Editors
I have been told that an ancestor of mine on my mother’s side was buried in the graveyard. He was Richard Dowding who died 19 Feb 1929.
I would love to know if there is any record of his burial.
The chapel is now privately owned. After 40 years’ neglect it was restored during 2017-19 and now looks very much as it appears in this picture.
The organ from this chapel was moved to the Primitive Methodist Chapel at the other end of Church Road, Harrington when Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists amalgamated. The organ is still in weekly use for services.
Now converted into a number of flats and the school hall is a private house.
There is a painting out there of Martha Susanna Massiot but no longer in the family’s possession
Thank you for this comment. The chapel shown was indeed Church Coppenhall, which was in North Street. It was at grid reference SJ7042557297 and a more recent photograph can be seen at https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/CHS/churchcoppenhall/NorthStreetMethodistWesleyan
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