Birmingham Lord Street Primitive Methodist chapel

location of former Bethel Primitive Methodist chapel

Lord Street B7 4DS

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist magazine of October 1854 contains an account by James Pritchard of the opening of Lord Street Primitive Methodist chapel "on the north-east side" of Birmingham. Opening services on July 2nd, 4th and 9th of August 1854 heard sermons by James Pritchard himself, Rev G Curnock (Wesleyan Methodist), J Langham, Rev I Taylor (Baptist), Jos Ward (Wesleyan), Rev T Roberts  (Melton Mowbray).

Mr Pritchard is very optimistic after "thirty years of hard toil and contention, and little success): a new class has been opened and "many additional children are flocking to the Sunday school".

The chapel was built of red and blue bricks, "very tastefully arranged", and of an Italianate design.  It measured 42' x 32' and 24' from floor to ceiling.  It seated about 350 people.Instead of a pulpit their was a rostrum and a Sunday school was underneath.  The overall cost was around £800 of which the debt will be around £450.

Recorded donors include William Davenport (£100), R Roberts, Alderman Ratcliff, C Heeley, William Harper, John Yeates Esq and the late John Wright Esq.

On the 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map on 1890, Bethel Primitive Methodist chapel is shown at the junction of Windsor Street and Lord Street on the south east corner.   It is still there in 1938 but is not labelled in 1952-3.  It was sold in 1942 for conversion to factory use.  By 1970 the building has gone and the site is labelled as an engineering works.  On Google Street View in 2016 it is occupied by Steel and Jelly.


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1854 pp. 615-6


This page was added by Christopher Hill on 29/11/2016.

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