Liverpool, Soho Street, Wesley Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Lancashire

The building which became Wesley Hall Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was erected in 1837 and purchased by the mission in 1889. In 1911 it seated 800 but this figure had fallen to 540 (all free) by 1931. When asked to explain the discrepancy with figures reported previously the superintendent, Rev. T M Middleton clarified the situation:

The accommodation of this place, like the stories concerning the heroes of old, has grown in the imagination of people with the passing of time. When I came to the Mission the popular fable was 800. Being skeptical, I had the seats specially measured for your return with the result given—540. I am afraid the scientific accuracy has dealt a severe blow to the ancient fable amongst the friends at Wesley Hall

By 1941 the number had fallen again, to 500. There was one school hall and three 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)
Gore’s Directory of Liverpool, 1911 p. 2259

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