Newcastle Kingsley Terrace Primitive Methodist chapel

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Newcastle Kingsley Terrace Primitive Methodist chapel

Handbook of the Primitive Methodist Conference 1924; Englesea Brook Museum

location of former Newcastle Kingsley Terrace Primitive Methodist chapel

Kingsley Terrace, Elswick NE4 6PJ

By Christopher Hill

Newcastle Kingsley Terrace Primitive Methodist chapel opened on New Year’s Day, 1898.  It was the successor to earlier buildings in Arthur's Hill and West Street.

The site is now used as a children's playground.  There is no evidence that a church once stood here.  In his account of Northern Primitive Methodism, W Patterson tells us the following about the development of this chapel:

"Though the first Primitive Methodist meeting was held at Arthur’s Hill in 1834, when Mary Holmes started prayer meetings, it was not until 1842 that it was put upon the plan for regular preaching services, and much good was done in William Street. In 1864 the increasing band built a chapel in West Street. Many scenes were witnessed there which will never pass out of mind, not the least being the times of refreshing during Miss Bulmer’s mission in November, 1891. Clark Hallam did good work there before going into the ministry. After long thought, a new church and school were built in Kingsley Terrace, in 1897, the handsome sanctuary being opened on New Year’s Day, 1898.

John Harryman Taylor did a great and lasting work in the building of “Kingsley,” and faithful men and women represented by the Reeds, the Waltons, the Vartys, the Allisons, the Thirlwells, the Robsons, the Stobbses, the Kirtons, the Wilsons, and others sustained his hands. Men of vigour and ability such as Anthony Oates, William Spears, Henry Potts, Thomas Dodds, Joseph Longstaff, and John Dodd have joined the front rank men there during the ten years; and the ministries of Sister Jessie, aided by the wives and daughters of the officials, have given the added fragrance of human sympathy and help to the dignity, beauty, and fervour of the worship in the fine church."

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 22/03/2016.
Comments about this page

This church before it was demoloshed has many happy memories for me. My mother and father both preached , there my sister was a sunday school teacher, and I, being very young at the time once read out the 23rd Psalm from the pulpit. My father once made a cross to go on the top of the church illuminated with light bulbs, for Easter time I believe. My friend and I are members of a group on Facebook where people put photographs of churches, monasteries, graveyards etc, there is no financial gain for this at all, and I would like your permission to use the "Drawing" of the Kingsley Terrace Methodist Church... I look forward to hearing from you.. Bill Nicholson/Sharon Dowd

By William Nicholson
On 03/12/2017

Bill/Sharon

We are happy for you to use images on this site for 'non-profit' uses provided the source is acknowledged.

By Geoff Dickinson
On 03/12/2017

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