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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
This posting is a conflation of two distinct chapels : Church Coppenhall Chapel pictured, and Woolstanwood Chapel, which is correctly stated as being in Coppenhall Lane. Woolstanwood Chapel was built in 1870 on ground given for the purpose by Hugh Chadderton of Milton (Stoke) and cost £200 to build. For many years Mr and Mrs Darlington , local farmers, were mainstays fo the Woolstanwood congregation. An early son of the congregation was Rev George Bolderston who ministrered in the West Country between 1877 and his death in 1911. Woolstanwood Chapel closed some years before 1997 but the building is now a private house. It was a relatively small building and the seating referred to, and the picture clearly relate to Church Coppenhall Chapel
There is a fine correct photo on Genuki at
My grandfather, Sydney Griffiths, was Caretaker at the chapel during the war. My father (Wilfred Aldous) and mother (Bertha Aldous ne. Griffiths) were regular attendees along with myself and my sister. Happy days!
From 1901 to 1931 there was seating for 380 divided in 1931 into 360 lettable seats and 20 free. In 1940 the accommodation consisted of a chapel 50 feet square which seated 373 in pews, a gallery 10 feet by 11¼ Feet serving as an organ chamber, a Sunday school hall 44 feet by 30 feet, two classrooms or vestries 15 feet by 14½ feet and a primary room 30 feet by 14½ feet. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, 1901/113, 1911/108, 1931/111 John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2 Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places,, 1931/111 John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1/687 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940
The fine Victorian church was demolished in 1967. Most of the site is covered by a supermarket and flats above. There is a small replacement church at the back of the original site.
The school Chapel building which served as the place of worship from 1879 to 1992 seated 250. Its successor seated 550 in 1901 which had fallen to 500 split between 382 lettable and 186 free. In 1940 the accommodation consisted of the chapel measuring 100 feet by 50 feet which seated 490, all in pews on the floor of the chapel, two halls 65 feet by 30 feet and 50 feet by 37 feet, five vestries or classrooms, and an institute or clubroom. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, 1881/103, 1891/116, 1901/113, 1911/108, 1931/111 John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2 Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places,, 1931/111 John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1/687 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940
This is not a photo of Sutton Methodist Church , standing in Church Street at the corner of Potterill Lane
From 1911 to 1931 it reported 150 sittings. In 1940 the premises consisted of a chapel 36 feet by 27 feet and seating 116 in pews and two halls, 33 feet by 22 feet and 20 feet by 10 feet. There were no vestries or other rooms. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places,1911/108, 1931/111 John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940/687
Dear Ian It would be great if you could contribute any further information or pictures you have via the ‘Add your story’ tab. We’ll then make sure your page is linked to the one above. Many thanks, Pamela, Editorial Team
Diolch yn fawr – Thank you for the contents of this page about my paternal grandfather Reverend H. Meirion Davies and for keeping his memory alive. I was born in April 1949 and just a young baby when he died in January 1950. I am however pleased and proud to say that he was able to christen me. He had a long and illustrious career in an impressive list of circuits mainly in Wales but also even serving the Welsh speaking community in Liverpool. Just a small point, he retired to Borth, near Aberystwyth (not Barth as typed !). My elder brother, my cousin and I appreciate the work you do in acknowledging the dedication and work that ministers like our grandfather (and many others..) undertook during long careers, moving circuit every three years in those days. Dymuniadau gorau/Best wishes
I came across your web site by accident. I have photos of both the outside and the inside of this building. The drawing shown on your web site is virtually as the photo except that a fence is shown to the left of the building whereas my photo shows a road. The photo has tramlines running past the building but, of course, the photo is much later than the drawing. A much grander building had been planned but Sir Frances Lychett, a major donor, insisted that a more modest building be erected. I have more information if required
Thanks Philip, Found some Newspaper photos, the Courtenay Street Church was demolished in 1967.
Ampthill and District News 12 September 1891 refers to John Wesley’s Journal. On December 10th 1766 Wesley visited Millbrook when he preached between one and two o’clock. Wesley’s audience he described as ‘a company of plain serious people’.
Apologies for the slight delay I could not put my hand on the appropriate book.
Hope it is useful.
Here are the details for Rev Wilks’ stations from – Ministers and Probationers with Circuits etc 1947.
1900 Lisbon Portugal 3 1903 London, South Av 1905 London, Paddington 3 (total in London) 1906 Grays 3 1909 Rock Ferry 3 1912 Peterborough 3 1915 Burton on Trent 5 1920 Supernum. 1 1921 Great Bentley 4 1925 Colchester 5 1930 Guernsey Eng. 6 1936 Jersey Gt Un Rd 3 1939 Lerwick &c 3 1942 Hunts. Mis. 3 1945 Supernum
The records should be at the Liverpool Record Office, you can contact them at – email@example.com
Do you know what happened to all the documents (Journals and Administration and other etc…) concerning the Wesleyan Mission at Liverpool on Renshaw Street? Mr. George Evens and his wife, Gipsy Tillie (Smith) Evens were at one time in the early 1900’s the Evangelists for the Mission. Tillie was the youngest sister of Gipsy Rodney Smith, the Evangelist. I would love to learn where all the original paperwork is from their days and glean from it their work with the mission and the late Charles Garrett.
If you follow this link and look up Arthur, you’ll see he was stationed to Guernsey in 1930. thathttps://www.mymethodisthistory.org.uk/research-resources-2/ministers_and_probationers_of_the_methodist_church_with_appointments_in_chronological_and_alphabetical_order_-_1932 His entry in Who’s Who in Methodism 1933 confirms he was Chairman of the District at that time. https://www.mymethodisthistory.org.uk/research-resources-2/whos_who_in_methodism_1933
Rev Arthur Wilks was my maternal grandfather.I have been to Jersey to see his and my grandmothers grave at St.Brelades church.I would like to find out when he was Chairman of the Methodist Church in the Channel Islands.
Alston, St Paul’s Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Front Street, Townhead, Alston, Cumberland, CA9 3SG Addendum By 1901 the seating provision had risen to 620, 400 for letting and 220 free, suggesting that a gallery or other extension had been added in the interval. The fall in capacity by 1940 suggests that it was taken out of use in the 1930s. The chapel was still in use as a Methodist place of worship in 1991 but was subsequently closed. Sources John Rylands Library University of Manchester, MAC Lawson Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, 1873/594, 1901/741, 1911/704, 1931/714 John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2 Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places,, 1931/714 Carlisle Library, 1A287, Methodist property statistics (Carlisle District) 1940, 1980, 1991
Thank you George, although I didn’t make a very good job of the scan. If you can find a copy of The fifteenth annual report of the Wesleyan Chapel Committee, 1869, then as well as a much better picture you will find a description of the chapel as designed. My knowledge only extends to this architect’s drawing. The answers to your questions will be in the records of the church, which are held by Devon Record Office. They appear to cover the period up to 1969, so should (in theory) include everything from opening to sale. Thanks for your interest: I hope you manage to find something.
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