Cargo WM Chapel, Cumberland

Grid ref NY 364592


In 1851 a school room erected around 1804 was being used. Apparently there was no seating but standing room for about 60. In 1851/2 approval was granted for the construction of a chapel which was opened in 1856/7. It was built of brick and cost of £105. In 1873 it had 160 sittings. In 1940 the chapel had 60 sittings on forms and there was schoolroom. The chapel was closed on 8 November 1968 through failure of the cause and the cost of repairs being too great. It is doubtful whether any of the structure remains standing.


Carlisle Library, 1A287, Methodist property statistics 1940

John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, Carlisle WM District minutes, 1852-1864

Cumbria Archive Service, Carlisle, DFCM/1/2/83-97

Cumbria Archive Service, Carlisle, DFCM3/1/43-63

The National Archives HO129/568/4/4 Census of religious worship

Wesleyan seating returns 1873

Site visit 27.09.2015

Os 25 Inch map Cumberland XVI 10, 1924-6 Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland National Library of Scotland - Map Images (

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  • Having compared this image with the block plan on the OS map I am sure that it depicts the Cargo chapel. The most conspicuous feature of the building in the photo is that it is very narrow in relation to its length. The same is true of the building in the plan. A small feature like the narrow planted area on the side of the chapel is shown as fenced off on the plan. Having identified the building more questions arise. Can the woman and child be identified? This would help with dating the image. Was there a reason why they chose to be photographed in front of this building?

    By Geoffrey Oxley (27/01/2023)
  • This is an excellent image and I think there is a fair chance of identifying the building although it may take some time to access some of the more distant sources

    By Geoffrey Oxley (25/01/2023)
  • I have added Ruth’s photo to the page- I hope that’s ok with you, Mr Oxley?

    By Pamela Atkins (20/01/2023)
  • I think I may have an old photograph of this chapel. I put it on facebook (Old photos of Carlisle & surrounding areas Alsobon Old Wigton site) today to try to identify it as I thought it possibly Beaumont where my ancestors (Hendersons & Pearsons) lived. Someone commented that it was at Cargo.

    By Ruth Middleton (08/01/2023)

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