Nawton Primitive Methodist chapel or Newton?

Photo:former Nawton Primitive Methodist chapel

former Nawton Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 1992

Nawton Primitive Methodist chapel

School Lane, Nawton, YORK, YO62 7SF

By Christopher Hill

Keith Guyler's collection of photographs includes a picture labelled Nawton Primitive Methodist chapel.  Nawton Primitive Methodist chapel served the twin villages of Nawton and Beadlam.  It faces northwards up Nawton High Street. As the tablet over the door says, it was built in 1875.  Although the chapel closed in the the 1960s there is an active ecumenical local partnership.  

At the time of his photograph Keith Guyler describes it as in use as a builders merchant.  On Google Street View in March 2009 it seems little changed but used as a builder's store.

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But it's a bit more complicated than that. The Primitive Methodist magazine for August 1853 contains an account of the opening of Newton Primitive Methodist chapel in the Pickering circuit. I can't find a place called Newton in the area, although there are two Newtons elsewhere in Yorkshire. Is it the same place as Nawton with a variation in the local name or a transcription error?

The account was written on behalf od the trustees by by A McKechnie (President) and John Milner (Secretary) trustees of the chapel. The society first met in a cartshed belonging to Isaac Harland (?) then in a room that was"very damp, badly lighted and the road to it was through a farm yard." William Harland who became Superintendent of the Scarborough circuit preached his first sermon there.

A new chapel was opened in 20th and 22nd May 1853.  Land was given by J Young of Stape, J Watson of Pickering made the deeds and T Michelson gave the timber for the roof and sleepers. If everything had been paid for the cost would have been £100; the actual cost was £40. The chapel measured 27' x 20.5' and accommodated 100. J Young and S Stephenson collected nearly half of the money.

Sermons at the opening services and tea meetings were preached by William Harland and J Harvey  of Malton.

Are Newton and Nawton the same place? The Nawton chapel is dated 22 years later.


Primitive Methodist magazine August 1853 pp.496-497


This page was added by Christopher Hill on 18/04/2015.
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Is Nawton the same place as Newton in the Pickering circuit? In the Primitive Methodist magazine for August 1853 there's an account of the opening of Newton Primitive Methodist chapel in the Pickering circuit.  I can't find a Newton in the area, so is it a transcription error or a local variation in the name?

By Christopher Hill
On 21/02/2017

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