Bolton Low Houses WM Chapels, Cumberland

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The first Chapel at Bolton Low Houses was erected in 1817. In 1851 it provided 126 free and 40 other sittings. There were 120 sittings in 1873. A new chapel was built of stone in 1881. It measured 55 feet by 26 feet  and had 156 sittings in pews in 1911. In 1940 it had 132 sittings and there was one other building. By 1980 the sittings had fallen to 105. The chapel closed between 1991 and 2015 and is now in residential use. Could the lower part of the building incorporate parts of the original chapel albeit with a new façade to the street and new fenestration? The ashlared quoins to the rear of the building are distinctly different fron the rough hewn quoins at the front.

Sources

The National Archives HO129/569/3/2 1851 census of religious worship

Wesleyan seating returns, 1873

Cumbria Archives Service Carlisle DFCM1/2/82-97, Carlisle WM District property schedules, 1862-1877

Cumbria Archives Service Carlisle Cumbria Archives Service Carlisle DFCM3/1/43-62 Carlisle WM District property schedules, 1898-1917

Cumbria Archive Service, Carlisle Cumbria Archive Service, Carlisle DFCM9/9 Seating returns for 1911

John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, Carlisle WM District minutes, 1878-99

Cumbria Archives Service, Kendal WDFCM7 Synod Minutes  1937-1974 [NB inconsistencies in the description and reporting of works may mean that some projects are entered twice]

Carlisle Library, 1A287, Methodist Property Statistics 1940, 1980, 1991)

Site visit July 2015

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Bolton Low Houses Chapel, 20.06.2015
G W Oxley
Bolton Low Houses Chapel, foundation stones (i), 20.06.2015
G W Oxley
Bolton Low Houses Chapel, foundation stones (ii), 20.06.2015
G W Oxley

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