Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapels

Photo:Photo 1. 1848 Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo 1. 1848 Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection

Photo:Photo 2. Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo 2. Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection

Photo:Photo 3. Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel interior

Photo 3. Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel interior

Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection

Photo:Photo 4. Rev T Clamp and Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo 4. Rev T Clamp and Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection

Photo:Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel Sunday School Anniversary afternoon service 1928

Cheadle Charles Street Primitive Methodist chapel Sunday School Anniversary afternoon service 1928

Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection

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By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist Museum at Englesea Brook has several photographs and postcards labelled "Charles Street Cheadle Primitive Methodist chapel". Google Street View shows the double fronted chapel at 24 Charles Street as disused in both 2009 and October 2015.  

One photograph is of an earlier building, labelled PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL A.D.1848.  Was this on the same site? One alternative location is on the other side of Charles Street: there is the current Methodist Church Hall which on Ordnance Survey maps from 1880 is labelled Sunday School (although that label is not directly on the building and could relate to other chapels in Chapel Street). 

There is a further complication  There is also a picture labelled Cheadle Primitive Methodist chapel you can see here but it doesn't look like either of the two buildings in Charles Street!  Can anyone unscramble this please?

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 18/01/2016.
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The galleried interior view labelled "Sunday School Anniversary" is Chapel Street, Wesleyan Chapel, Cheadle.

 

By John Anderson
On 11/06/2016

I recently found your two entries for Cheadle Primitive Methodist chapel and Charles Street, Cheadle, Staffordshire, and I thought I'd clarify your info. They are one and the same chapel. 

I picked up a lot of this info because I live in the chapel, although I was pleased to find your website as it has photos I've not seen. (We're converting it ourselves but not speedily!) 

So firstly, the chapel was built in 1848 and looked as in your first photo. In the 1870s they built on the twiddly bits and porch at the front, seen in your other photos. They also extended backwards, considerably enlarging the chapel. 

The interior Sunday school gathering is not our chapel. I'd guess it was the interior of the Wesleyan chapel that used to be around the corner in Chapel Street. This was built in the 18th C but was knocked down and rebuilt in the 1960s or 70s, once it had become the combined Methodist church.  

The 1999 snapshot is, as noted, the (Sunday) school to the Wesleyan chapel and is diagonally opposite our chapel. It is not our chapel in 1999!  

Other little bits of info - the gates to the right of the Primitive chapel are outside the Manse. And the building attached to the left was the caretaker's cottage. The Primitive Methodist Sunday school building was built onto the back of the caretaker's cottage in the 1870s and connected to the main chapel via the large panelled doors/openings to the left in one of your interior shots. 

The chapel was deconsecrated in the 1960s. We have met locals that were married here. And as far as we can tell the back garden (your exterior shot of the gathering with the tree) was never a graveyard!  

Regards, 

Lizzie Young

 

By Lizzie Young
On 30/10/2017

Thanks for the additional information Lizzie.  That adds more clarity.  I'm not sure which picture you mean as the 1999 chapel - I guess it is the 1909 one.

Hope the conversion goes well and that you can retain some original features and spirit of the building.

By Christopher Hill
On 01/11/2017

Staffordshire Archives (Record Office):

Cheadle Primitive Methodist Chapel, Charles Street, ref. D5865 & D7005 (pt).

Note: there may be other documents.

By Raymond E.O.Ella
On 06/11/2017

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