Norton Canes Bethel Primitive Methodist chapel

location of former Norton Canes Bethel Primitive Methodist chapel

Chapel Street Norton Canes WS11 9NX

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodists of the Darlaston and Birmingham circuits sent R Ward to mission the area in 1837 and Norton Canes was one of the societies established. It met in the house of John Street, who also accommodated preachers. In 1853 he gave a plot of land and a chapel was built, 24' x 18' and 12' high and equipped with a boarded floor and a new stove.

It was opened on October 9th 1853 with sermons by brothers Graham and Batty. 

The Brownhills Bob Blog gives further detail. The Primitive Methodist church and schoolroom which they named ‘Bethel’ became known throughout the circuit as ‘The Cathedral’. Primitive Methodist Local Preachers regarded an appointment to preach at Bethel as an honour. However, the damage caused by mining subsidence was so serious that the building was condemned as unsafe and demolished in 1944. The Trustees received no compensation for the loss of their property, only a few hundred pounds from the sale of the organ and such materials as could be salvaged during the demolition. The Bethel society continued to worship in a hut adjoining the old chapel, but  in about 1948 they abandoned the hut and joined forces with Trinity.


BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog accessed February 28 2017 at

Rooke W, Primitive Methodist magazine December 1853 p 749


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Further information about this chapel can be found on this page on My Methodist History

By Geoff Dickinson
On 04/09/2017

Walsall Local History Centre.

Ref. 358: Primitive Methodist Chapel, Norton Canes, documents c.1892-1932, 1933-1969.

By Raymond E.O.Ella
On 19/07/2018