Ecclesfield Trinity Wesleyan Methodist chapel

the 1817 Trinity Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Well Lane, Ecclesfield, enlarged to the rear in 1884 (darker stones). Now the EPPiC Theatre. The small building to the right is the school room now (2023) disused.
Sylvia Brears
EPPiC theatre Ecclesfield - the former first Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Ecclesfield later used as the Sunday school.
Priory Players
the 1897 Trinity Wesleyan Methodist chapel on High Street, Ecclesfield
Sylvia Brears
Centenary booklet of Ecclesfield Trinity Wesleyan Methodist chapel
Priory Players
Ecclesfield Trinity Wesleyan Methodist chapel

Thanks to Sylvia Brears for much of the information on this page, the photographs and a link to a picture of the chapel in the Picture Sheffield website here.

In 2022, the former Trinity Wesleyan Methodist chapel on High Street, Ecclesfield (S35 9XA) has been converted into flats.  It still clearly is a former chapel and carries the date 1897 carved in its stonework.

The 1940 inventory of Methodist buildings reports that the chapel seated 560 people on pews and had a school room and 6 other rooms.  The inventory also records a former United Methodist chapel on  Town End (which also still exists in 2022)

This was the second Wesleyan Methodist chapel in Ecclesfield.  It’s predecessor, built in 1817 and extended in 1884,  was just round the corner on Well Lane.  To the right of the chapel is a separate building, School Room built in 1885 and in 2023 unused. Sylvia reports that this has a “school room”  stone on the wall and possibly the year but it is now covered in ivy

In maps from 1901 the 1817 chapel is marked as the Sunday school. The building was converted into a theatre in 1988 and in 2022 is still the EPPiC Theatre.

Sylvia charts the significant dates in the story of the chapel:

  • 1816 Dec 20 : Agreement made at the Black Bull with John Greaves for a piece of land for a chapel at the bottom of his croft. 20yds in length and 14yds in breadth for £14. We wanted 18yds in breadth. Writings to be made in three months or fined £20.
  • 1817 Jun 17 : Mr Thomas Ellis laid the first stone for the foundation of the Methodist Chapel.
  • 1818 Jan 1 : The Methodist Chapel was opened by Messrs Brownell, Wood and Jackson.
  • 1845: The Sunday School was built next to the chapel. To the right in the photograph.
  • 1884:  At a cost of £1,350 the Methodist Chapel was enlarged across the rear onto land given by John Greaves and soon after a house for the Minister was built at a cost of £800.
  • 1897: After 25 years of planning and fundraising the new Methodist Chapel was built on the High St.  This Chapel has now been sold and is currently private accommodation.
  • 1917: A Centenary Souvenir booklet was produced documenting the first 100 years of Trinity Methodist Chapel.
  • 1980: Ecclesfield Priory Players bought the Trinity Methodist Chapel for £6,260 and spent eight years converting it into The EPPiC Theatre.

You can see this timeline and what has happened since the chapel became a theatre on the Ecclesfield Priory Players website here: https://ecclesfieldprioryplayers.co.uk/

Ann Ellis memorial stone

On the front of the 1817 chapel is  a memorial stone for Ann Thomas Ellis who died in 1826 at the age of  (about) 73.  You can see a picture of the stone and research into Ann’s story on the Ecclesfield Priory Players website.

Comments about this page

  • I wonder if you have any more information about the first Wesleyan Chapel, the one in Well Lane. I am looking for information about two people I believe may have been Founder members of the church, Ann and Thomas Ellis. If you could help it would be brilliant.

    By Dawn Johnson (11/03/2023)

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