Eckington Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Two grand Eckington chapels belonging to the Wesleyan Methodist and United Methodist Free Church branches of Methodism. From a postcard by HJ Wilks of Eckington postmarked 1913.
Dennis Askham (with permission) Bygone Eckington 1993
Eckington Wesleyan Methodist chapel at the close of a service
Dennis Askham (with permission) Bygone Eckington 1993
Interior view of the Eckington Wesleyan Methodist chapel
With permission of the Eckington and District Preservation and Historical Society; from People and places of the Eckington District
Eckington Wesleyan Methodist chapel

The return from Eckington Wesleyan Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship records that the society was meeting in a chapel erected in 1807.  This chapel was replaced in 1876 by a second chapel erected by his family as a memorial to  George Wells, colliery owner, of Eckington Hall.

Eckington Wesleyan Methodist chapel was located on High Street  with the Sunday school behind the chapel, fronting on to Stead Street. The chapel is already in existence on the 1875 map showing the 1807 chapel was on the same site.. By the 1898 map it appears there are wide steps in front of the building. By the 1967 map,  it is labelled “works” and is back to the original footprint.

The chapel was demolished in 1977 around the period when the road was re-aligned.

On Street View in 2008 onwards, there is a bungalow on the site.

Thanks to the Eckington and District Preservation and Historical Society and Dennis Askham for permission to use the photographs (2021)

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