Haswell Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Haswell Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Haswell Wesleyan Methodist chapel was sited on Church Street, just east of the junction with Kingston Crescent.  Street View in 2009 shows the Methodist church on the site but in a later building. In 2021 the church does not appear on the Methodist Find a Church search facility.

The County Durham archive People Past and Present website shows a couple of pictures of the Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Haswell.  The interior, complete with organ behind the pulpit is here:

http://ppparchive.durham.gov.uk/photos/picviewer.asp?next=657

A second photograph shows a group of people outside the chapel, at the celebration of the chapel’s centenary in 1949.  Clearly visible on the chapel wall are the words Wesleyan Methodist and erected 1849.

http://ppparchive.durham.gov.uk/photos/picviewer.asp?next=658

This picture was shown for a while on the My Primitive Methodists website and Dennis Pooley identified his great-aunt, Sarah Ethel Iveson (nee Raine) standing second right of the doorway. The picture is not reproduced here for copyright reasons.

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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.

    Philip Soakell

    By PHILIP SOAKELL (06/09/2021)

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