Atwick Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:former Atwick Primitive Methodist chapel

former Atwick Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 2000

former Primitive Methodist chapel at Atwick

Cliff Road, Atwick, DRIFFIELD, YO25 8DF

By Christopher Hill

Victoria County History tells us that Primitive Methodists had a room at Atwick by 1851, and in 1856 they built a chapel (in the Hornsea branch of the Driffield circuit) there; the opening is described by William Burroughs in the Primitive Methodist magazine. 

A cottage and garden was acquired by Rev T Ratcliffe who laid the foundation stone there on March 31st 1856. On Sunday, July 13th, 1856, the chapel was opened by the Rev. T. Whittaker. It cost £90 of which they borrowed £60 at 4%. Particular thanks were due to to Mr. Ratcliffe, for the land (valued at £5); "to certain of the trustees, for about fifty tons of stone, and all the gratuitous labour connected with it; to Mr. Garton, for the sand dug in his garden; to Mr. Hall, of Hull, for the inscription-stone, window sills, and step; to certain friends, for the pulpit cushion and hymn-book; to Messrs. Gartons, Robinson, Grange, Shorts, Smith, and others, for a great deal of labour, and lending of materials."

It was said in 1865 that almost half of the families in the parish were nonconformist and in 1877 that most of the farmers and all of the labourers were dissenters. The Primitive Methodist chapel had been closed by 1932, when the building was sold;  it was later used as a house but was derelict by 1991.  However on Google Street View in April 2011 it had again been restored as a house.

There is a contradiction between the Victoria County history and Keith Guyler's notess which accompany his photograph.  He says the Primitive chapel closed in 1987; the Victoria History ways this was the Wesleyan chapel, the Primitive chapel having been sold at the time of union in 1932.

The chapel is located at: TA1911350872


Reference

Victoria County History - Yorkshire accessed April 10th 2015

Primitive Methodist magazine September 1856 p.553

 

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 10/04/2015.
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Details of the opening and the people involved have been added from the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1856

By Christopher Hill
On 03/04/2017

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