Newport (Isle of Wight) Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:Is this the former PM chapel? See comment below. Click to follow link

Is this the former PM chapel? See comment below. Click to follow link

location of former Newport Primitive Methodist chapel

Pyle Street NEWPORT Isle of Wight PO30 1JT

By Christopher Hill

The 1859 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account by J Holdroyd of the opening of the first Newport (Isle of Wight) Primitive Methodist chapel. It was second-hand, acquired from the Wesleyan Reformers, and the opening services were held from October 3rd 1858. Speakers were Rev G Lamb of London, Rev GJ Proctor (Independent) and Rev J Elrick (Independent). After a tea for 200, a public meeting was addressed by Messrs Dash, Lamb, Pritchard, Willis, Holdroyd and J Alderslade.

The chapel measured 44' x 32' with a gallery at one end, a schoolroom entered from the gallery, a vestry and room for expansion. It was "fitted up with pews", lit by gas and had an organ.

It cost £600 of which they had only raised £100.

Where was this chapel and what happened to it?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1859 p.42


This page was added by Christopher Hill on 16/05/2017.
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Hello researching my family history and discovered my grandmother Ellen Willis nee Leigh was baptised at the Primitive Methodist chapel in Newport Isle of Wight. I see from reading Christopher Hill's notes on the chapel that he was asking where it was.

Following a hunch I think I found the answer:

Somewhere read that the Apollo Theatre was built after the purchase of the Apollo Theatre of a Primitive Methodist Chapel. This made sense as the original building was bought from Weslyian Methodists who moved to larger premises. I assume that the County Press would have pictures of the original Primitive Methodists chapel which interests me for my family history.

Any help appreciated


By Mike Plumbley
On 13/08/2017

Thanks Mike for this. I've added the location map above.  On the 1863-4 Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 map the building is labelled as "Wesleyan chapel" but I guess it took a while to update survey information.  Later maps show the building with no label or just marked just "chapel"

By Christopher Hill
On 14/08/2017