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Prior to 1849 the Wesleyans held their services in a Chapel located at Chapel Lane / Mary Street Haswell. As the congregation grew the building became too small, and a new Wesleyan Chapel was built by Geo. Phalp at the west end of Church Street/ junction Kingston Crescent. The chapel vacated at Mary Street by the Wesleyans was then used by the Bible Christians for their religious services. The Wesleyan chapel (1849) at the end of Church street near to the junction with Kingston Crescent was demolished in April 1990. A new chapel dedicated to Peter McKenzie was later built on the former site of the Wesleyan Chapel. The Peter McKenzie chapel was closed in 2020.
Thank you Jan. It is possible that my ancestor Thomas Parker is in the photo and he too was in the Beccles Nursing home in the 70’s! He died in 1975
Sheffield Archives: ref. AP/112, competition entry for Wesleyan Central Mission, Norfolk Street (later Victoria Hall). Architects scale 8ft 1″ . 10 items. 2-10 pictures, year 1907-c.1908.
Sheffield Archives: ref. SY614/K73/14, John Cole’s charity, Norfolk Street, Wesleyan Chapel, document years 1901-1913; 1919-1932.
WELLINGTON JOURNAL 22 November 1884, page 8 “THE PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL” The building now used by the very large and rapidly-increasing number of Wesleyan Methodists has not only become thoroughly dilapidated, but is wholly inadequate to meet the convenience of the worshippers. For some months, the members of the Ladies’ Committee, aided by the labours of the esteemed secretary … have been holding monthly tea meetings … for the purpose of raising funds towards the erection of a larger and more commodious chapel … the spirited manner in which the matter has been taken up by the members of the congregation … and the successful results … the work will very shortly be commenced …”. ———————-
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 15 August 1885, page 5 “COALBROOKDALE ERECTION OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONES … the present year being the centenary of the late Rev. John William de la Fletcher … it was decided by the members that the erection of the new chapel might be appropriately regarded as a memorial of the centenary of his death, and accordingly yesterday (Friday) was fixed for the laying of the foundation stones. The building is to be plain, and the front, which will be of the Doric style of architecture, will have one entrance door, wwith modelled arch, worked in with Flemish bond and black mortar; three windows in the centre and one on either side, with modelled arches and brick lintels; the front will also be ornamented with pillasters, stone coping, modelled strings and caps, with small pinnacle in the centre, and four memorial stones. The sides will be of Flemish bond and pillasters, with iron-framed windows and semi-arches, and the roof will be built upon the open principles. The whole building will be divided into two parts, the lower part being used for a schoolroom, with three large class-rooms, and the upper part as the chapel. The furniture will be of pitch pine, and open pews will be erected. The chapel will be 72ft by 30 ft, and will be capable of seatingg 320 persons, and the cost estimated at £1290. The architect is Mr. Loxton, of Walsall and the contractor Mr. H. Knight, Frederick Street, Walsall …”. ——————————–
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 22 August 1885, page 5 “COALBROOKDALE THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. On the occasion of the laying of the foundation stones of the new Wesleyan Chapel last week, Mr. Parks, of London, contributed the handsome sum of 30 guineas towards the scheme, mention of which fact was inadvertantly omitted from the report of the proceedings. Mr. Parks also promised a further sum of 21 guineas if certain conditions are complied with.” ————————
WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 8 December 1883, page 8. “COALBROOKDALE. THE PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The monthly tea meeting in aid of the above was held in the Old Chapel on Monday evening last, when an excellent tea was provided, which was kindly given by Mrs. Maw, of Severn House, and to which a large number sat down. After tea, an entertainemnt was given by the scholars attending the Sunday school … At the close, a unanimous vote of thanks was accorded to Mrs. Maw … the singing of the Doxology brought a very pleasant evening to a close.” ——————————– WELLINGTON JOURNAL, 14 March 1885, page 8. [COALBROOKDALE] “THE PROPOSED NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. The Committee who have so energetically laboured to provide for the erection of a new Wesleyan Chapel, the present building having become quite inadequate to meet the requirements of the worshippers, held a sale of work on Monday and Tuesday last, the proceeds of which are to be devoted towards the new building fund … ” ——————————–
I have a great grandmother named Emma Mary Westley. Only John and Charles Wesley dropped the T in the surname. My great grandmother married Cornelius Freeland and had two sons, Edgar Francis Samuel and Arthur Henry Thomas, in Lewisham England. They later came to Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan. Emma’s parents are Francis James Westley and Annie Seabrook
This chapel was still in use by the Methodists in the 1970s and probably closed in 1979 when the new Kingsthorpe building was opened.
My grandfather Alan Baskerville was born in Alderley Edge. The family were tenant farmers on The Edge and they had a big pond. My grandfather moved away to Cheadle. He married a Nellie Lancashire. They both died in Lytham St Annes where our family moved in the 1960s. I’d love to know more about his early years in Alderley Edge. He was a mule boy in WW1 at age 16 I think. He had a great sense of humour, was a keen gardener and bowler and I loved him very much. I’m not sure if he was a Methodist but he didn’t drink.
This building is listed, see https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1142728 where there is a description and recent photograph. Christopher Stell includes it in ‘An inventory of nonconformist chapels and meeting-houses in South-West England’ (HMSO, 1991) where he includes a photograph, on page 27, from when it was still in use. It was built in 1826 and remained in Wesleyan use until after 1882 (when it appears on the OS maps as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel). It appears (under the parish name of Lanteglos) in the 1867 list of registered chapels, and in the 1873 Accommodation returns (when it could seat 100). At some point between 1882 and 1905 it passed into Bible Christian hands, and I have added a page to My United Methodists to complete the story.
For further information please see my history of 250 years of Methodism in Shepshed published in 2007 and available as a download on the page ‘Shepshed Christchurch Methodist Church’. Christchurch was established in 1969 by the amalgamation of the former Field Street ex-Wesleyan and Charnwood Road ex-Primitive churches. Christchurch occupies the former Field Street premises which have since been extensively upgraded.
Messrs Sewell & Wild are quite correct.
Sir Robert`s daughter Edith Mary died 17 January 1971 in New Milford, Connecticut, USA. Her husband`s middle name was “Cowles” (He died 11 Feb 1957 at Seaford in the south of England).
At the back of the building was the schoolroom which was used for school lunches during the 1950s. Between the two buildings was a grave surrounded by iron railings. Does anyone know to whom the grave belonged and if it has been moved now the building is a private residence.?
The gentleman on the left in the top two postcards is not Rev. Samuel Chadwick, it is John Slack, “The Lazarus of Paisley”. The gentleman on the right in these postcards is Rev W. H. Rolls.
Paisley Central Hall is the last Central Hall in Scotland used as a Methodist church. For more information see the church’s heritage page: https://paisley.arc-methodists.org.uk/heritage.
Some confusion here. Hall Croft and Field Street are not the same street. The Hall Croft chapel was quite small and I greatly doubt that it had the equivalent seating capacity although it had a small gallery. Field Street was a new build in 1878 in a prominent location on an adjacent street to meet expanding needs.
At the time of the 1891 census the Ainsworth family were living at 112 High Street, St Peter at Gowts, Lincolnshire. The entry lists the following children, Elsie Marian Ainsworth, Percy Clough Ainsworth, Edith Raistrick Ainsworth, Sidney Carley Ainsworth, Arthur Ogden Ainsworth, and Wisley Douglas Ainsworth. Elsie’s grandmother Mary Gallard lived with the family, as did a servant, Lucy Emma Grundy.
I hope I’ve got the right man from my researching my dad side of the tree. This man is my dad’s granddad, he was born in Dec 1962,his dad was Richard Gourlay Thomas born 1930 in Cornwall.
Thank you for this page that has given me what I ever wanted to know about the childhood of John Wesley
There is an error with this entry. The church on Trinity Road cleared for construction of the Halifax Building Society was a different chapel and nothing to do with Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel pictured which was at the junction of Pellon Lane and Queens Road, Halifax.
Leeds, Isle Lane Chapel, Holbeck (1815 to 1960s demolition) This chapel appears to have opened in 1815 (it celebrated its 133rd anniversary in 1948), possibly on the site of an earlier chapel, with seating for 908 and continued in use until the late 1940s or 1950s, being used latterly as a warehouse and demolished between 1962 and 1971. It had no connection with the nearby Crosland Street or Prospect chapels.
James Wilson was also the architect for Westminster Training College, which was situated at 130 Horseferry Road between 1851 and 1959. The College was also home to the offices of the Methodist Education Committee, and this was the first college chapel, created as a memorial to its first Principal, Rev. John Scott.
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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.
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