Pickering Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:Pickering Potter Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

Pickering Potter Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

Keith Guyler 1992

location of Pickering Potter Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

Potter Hill Pickering Yorkshire YO18 8AA

By Christopher Hill

The chapel built by the Primitive Methodists on Potter Hill in Pickering is still in operation in April 2015. Carving on the front proclaims it was opened in 1885.  It was large, accommodating a congregation of 550, with room for 400 in the Sunday school.

It is relatively ornate in the Italian style, with a gallery that runs round the four sides.  The overall cost was £3,500, including the site and caretaker's house.

The previous chapel in Bridge Street was sold to the Railway Company, for £1,700.

There are two accounts in the Primitive Methodist magazine, one for 1821 and one for 1822, of the opening of what is probably the first Primitive Methodist chapel in Pickering which opened on Sunday 22nd April 1821. Preachers at the opening were, in the afternoon outdoors Brothers Evans, Essey & Longfield and inside Sister Ansdale whilst in the evening inside it was Sister Ansdale and Brother Lazenby and outside Brother Spavin & Nathaniel West, who wrote both pieces.

It was thought 5000 attended the opening. The chapel offered accommodation for high and low, rich and poor.

Neither account gives any detail of where the chapel was.


Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1821 page 203

Primitive Methodist magazine 1822 page 127

 

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