A September 2023 concert in Hull where ‘The grandsons and daughters of the old temperance revival‘ presenting ‘Hymns and songs of the old camp ground‘ led me to the former Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Main Road, Thorngumbald (HU12 9NA).
It had recently closed and was available for sale. The agent’s description read:-
“The Chapel is constructed of brick with slate roof and sloping timber floor. Having all of its original features including beautiful stained glass windows and wooden pews throughout. A vaulted ceiling gives this already impressive historic building a feeling of grandeur. This property would be suitable for a variety of uses, subject to the necessary planning consent. There is mains electricity to the property, though no WC or mains sewerage. Heating is provided by electric heaters and there is no gas connection to the property. “
In October 2023 it is marked as sold subject to contract.
The building carries the date 1904 but Ordnance Survey maps tell some of the story.
- The chapel is marked on the 1889 map, on the same site.
- On the 1908 map the chapel is in the same location but with a different footprint – the porch has appeared on the front
- On the 1926 map the chapel footprint is unchanged but the current Institute has appeared alongside. It is labelled as Institute – I had wondered whether it was a Sunday school for the chapel, especially as it carries a cross.
What’s the story and who was involved?