Stanhope; Hugh Gilmore PM Chapel

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The Weardale Museum

Photo:former Primitive Methodist Sunday School, Stanhope

former Primitive Methodist Sunday School, Stanhope

Christopher Hill

Co. Durham

David Heatherington

The picture shows the Hugh Gilmore PM Chapel at Stanhope on the cover of the Darlington District Meeting handbook for May 1903, which is held in the collection of the Weardale Museum.
A picture of this chapel is mistakenly published in Kendall's History of the Primitive Methodist Church (Vol 2, p142) as being the chapel at Westgate.

The Weardale Museum

The Weardale Museum is situated in the old manse to High House Chapel in Ireshopeburn (Wesleyan). Our collection includes records of both the Wesleyan and the Primitive Methodist movements in Weardale. We also have a genealogy database on site which provides a very comprehensive record of all of the people living in the parishes of Stanhope and Wolsingham including Primitive Methodist Ancestors.

Our records are not available online, interested parties have to make a visit to our museum to access them. Please follow the link below for more information.

This page was added by Geoff Dickinson on 30/09/2013.
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Although the Hugh Gilmore chapel in Union Street, Stanhope, has been demolished, the former schoolroom has been converted to a house accessed from Cowgarth Hill DL13 2PA.  It stood at the back of the chapel, at right angles to it and is just visible on the right hand side of the handbook picture above.

The people who carried out the conversion have set up an informative web site about the project.  It includes historical detail, lots of pictures and documents including the 1847 trust agreement and mortgage, final payments to the Methodist Chapel Aid Association in 1941, consent to the sale of the chapel in 1968 and historical maps.


By Christopher Hill
On 25/08/2014