A Wesleyan Methodist society meeting in Glassonby first appeared in the records in 1831 (in the minutes of the Local Preachers’ meeting) and the first financial donation to circuit funds was made in 1832. The first chapel building followed in 1839. There was a sudden growth in membership in 1868 and in 1869 the society built a new chapel at a cost of £524 on a new site, with seating for 122. The old chapel, which seated only 80, was sold for £12 for use as an outhouse
In about 1910 the Inland Revenue survey described the chapel as follows:
‘Contains 20 Pews, 3 choir Pews, Wainscotting 36’’ high & pulpit (all pitchpine), porch & room at end used as school-room. Heated by stove and lighted by oil lamps. Stone built and slated in good order.’
The Revd G Bramwell Evens, the broadcaster Romany of the BBC in the 1930s, was a great friend of the Potter family, who attended Glassonby chapel, and frequently visited them here. A plaque was erected on the chapel wall in 2003 to mark this connection: see http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/romanyincumbria.htm
The chapel closed for public worship in 2011 and is now (2019) being converted into a private house.
The records are all held at the Cumbria Archive Service, Carlisle but I may be able to help with any queries. I am researching the history of Methodism in the parish of Addingham, where the chapel is situated and have amassed a lot of information about individuals who lived here 1820-1932. I am keen to contact anybody who had ancestors living here around then, whether Methodist or not. Please see also Hunsonby Chapel and Gamblesby Chapel.