York, Aldwark Chapel

York, Aldwark Wesleyan Methodist chapel
Philip Thornborow, 2022
Drawing of Peaseholm Green chapel
Lyth, John Glimpses of early Methodism in York and the surrounding district, 1885 p91
York, Aldwark Wesleyan Methodist chapel

This listed building, now a Dental practice, was built as the first permanent Methodist chapel in York. The first home of the Methodists in the city had been rented.

The site on the corner of Peasholm Green and Aldwark was bought on 27th February, 1759, and when Wesley came to York on 19th April, 1759, he was able to preach in the shell of the new building. He recorded in his journal: “I visited two prisoners in the Castle which is, I suppose, the most commodious prison in Europe. At six I preached in the shell of the new house to a numerous and serious audience”.

The completed chapel seated about 400.  In 1775 side galleries were built, increasing the building’s capacity to 500. The chapel was sold in 1805-06 for £530, a sum which went towards the cost of the New Street Chapel.

The building was renovated in 1955 and in March of that year a plaque was placed on the wall commemorating the use of the building as a chapel: “This building, erected in 1759, was the first and for over 46 years, the only Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in York. John Wesley conducted the opening service on Sunday, 15th July, 1759, and preached here on many subsequent occasions. Its use as a Wesleyan Chapel was discontinued in the year 1805”.

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  • I have added a nineteenth century drawing of the chapel, from a different angle to the recent photograph.

    By Philip Thornborow (06/01/2023)

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