Rochdale Oldham Road Primitive Methodist chapel

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist magazine for September 1854 contains an account by Robert Richardson of the opening of Rochdale Oldham Road Primitive Methodist chapel. 

The society was started in 1851 and by 1854 had 44 members and a Sunday school of 197 scholars who met in a rented room over a blacksmith's shop.  Because of the smoke and the stairs, this was less than ideal and they determined to build a new chapel.  The list of donors was headed by Brother W Kershaw with £5; when he heard that others followed his example he regretted not giving £20 rather than £5.

The opening services were held on 14th June 1854, with sermons by Revs. S Smith, T King, J Cheetham, W Antliff and WH Parkinson (Independent).

The chapel is 35' x 36' and 15' to the ceiling.  It accommodates 144.  Under the chapel there is a schoolroom. Major donors included J Petre, JL Ashworth, TA Crook, J Ashworth and sons, John Bright MP and Brothers. Clement Roydes, J Butterworth and Sons, John Hoyle, James Hoyle, T Booth, H & J King, Mrs Hoyle and Mrs Martindale.

I cannot find where abouts this chapel was on the old Ordnance Survey maps of the area.  Can anyone help?  Does the building still exist?


Primitive Methodist magazine September 1854 pp.559-560


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