Idle Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:Idle Primitive Methodist chapel, Bradford

Idle Primitive Methodist chapel, Bradford

Primitive Methodist Conference Handbook 1911

Town Lane, Idle BD10 8PN

By Christopher Hill

Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel in Idle was opened in 1823 and served until closure in 1960.  If I have read the 1921-22 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map correctly, it was located at the corner of Town Road and Sandmoor Garth.  The site is currently occupied by a block of flats.

John Maylard gives an account in the Primitive Methodist magazine of the laying of the foundation stone at the chapel chapel in 1861.  They decided they needed more room - the children often had to leave to allow adults to attend services - so were given some additional land by WRC Stansfield. In the new chapel, the school room was underneath the chapel.

The stone was laid on July 27th by Alderman Brown, of Bradford. Preachers included Revs. Rowson (Baptist), Trethaway (Wesleyan), S. Dyson, W. Jackson, C. Hallam, aud J. Maylard. There was of course a celebration tea.


1999 Terry J G The Causes and effects of the divisions within Methodism 1796 - 1853 PhD thesis, University of Huddersfield accessed online January 27th 2016 at sets out the story of the development of Primitive Methodism in Bradford and District

Primitive Methodist magazine October 1861  pages 615-616

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 02/02/2016.
Comments about this page

The architects of the Sunday school premises, 1892, were Howdill & Howdill

By Colin Dews
On 01/03/2018

The chapel was renewed in 1861 because it was too small -  the children often had to leave to allow adults to attend services

By Christopher Hill
On 12/04/2018

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