Registered Wesleyan Methodist places of worship in Northumberland, 1867

Registered places of Wesleyan Methodist worship in Northumberland, 1867
This work incorporates historical material provided by the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth through their web site A Vision of Britain through Time (

This is a list of chapels that had been registered by 1867, derived from ‘A list of places of meeting for public religious worship, certified to the Registrar General’.   Registration was not compulsory, which may be the reason why the Wesleyan Methodist returns of accommodation of only six years later record three times as many preaching places. On the other hand, the Northumberland coalfield was expanding at that time. As registration was valid until cancelled, however, there may be duplication: i.e.  both the old and new chapels in a place may be listed. We have also discovered that the official location may not be the same as the name by which the chapel is commonly described.

Unless otherwise stated each of these places of worship is described as a chapel.

The numbers on the list relate to places, and match those on the map. The base map is provided under this licence

The chapels in Northumberland were part of the Newcastle upon Tyne District, and for information about their capacity, go to The Returns of accommodation of 1873

Another useful map is Plate 15 of The Wesleyan Methodist Atlas This shows three times as many places of worship than the following list, but also confirms that Wesleyan Methodism was entirely absent from large parts of the county. It also shows that the large number of rural chapels in the south-west of the county were part of a lead mining district which included neighbouring parts of Cumberland and County Durham.

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ChapelNotesRegistration District
Allendale Town1Hexham
Allenheads, East Allen2Hexham
Bell’s Close, Newburne6Castle Ward
Benwell, Paradise7Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Berwick, Walkergate Street8Berwick
Bulman’s Village, Gosforth9Castle Ward
Dinnington, Ponteland12Castle Ward
Dirtpot, AllenheadsA building13Hexham
Gosforth15Castle Ward
Gosforth New Houses, Long Benton16Tynemouth
Great Whittington17Hexham
Hartley Dovecote, Centenary19Tynemouth
Hesley Well21Hexham
Hexham, Market Street22Hexham
High House, West Allen23Hexham
Limestone Brae27Hexham
Matfen28Castle Ward
New York29Tynemouth
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Blenheim Street30Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Brunswick Place31Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Saint Lawrence, Centenary32Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Scotswood Road, Park Road33Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Shieldfield, Clarence Street34Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Wesley Street, Institute35Newcastle-upon-Tyne
North Shields, Howard Street36Tynemouth

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