Liverpool, Park Hill Road, Hutchinson Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Lancashire

Hutchinson Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in 1893. In 1911 it reported 600 sittings but in 1931 only 450(all free). When asked to explain the discrepancy the superintendent, Rev. T M Middleton clarified the situation:

There are really two halls here. The one in which services and public meetings are held seats 450; the other, seating 700 is the Sunday School and Concert Hall. As your return asks for chapel accommodation I did not feel justified in returning the larger building. It is never used for services proper: no one will preach or speak in it unless absolutely necessary; it is the most depressing place in Methodism

Ten years later the seating capacity had contracted further and stood at 390. There were two school halls and 10 other rooms.

Source
John Rylands Library University of Manchester DDPD2/417 Returns of Accommodation provided by Wesleyan Methodist Chapels and other Preaching Places, 1931 (Liverpool Mission Circuit)
John Rylands Library University of Manchester, DDPD1 Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st 1940/734 (Liverpool Mission)

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