Southport; Church Street Primitive Methodist

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Photo:Southport Church Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Southport Church Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Handbooks of the Primitive Methodist Conference 1908 and 1928; Englesea Brook Museum

location of former Southport Church Street Primitive Methodist chapel

'The Jam Chapel'

Said to have been built by Sir William Hartley, it was known locally as ‘the Jam Chapel’, because of its links with the jam manufacturer and his family. He actually paid for half the cost of the building, having issued a challenge to the members that he would match their giving pound for pound.  However, he also paid for the increased costs which were incurred when he insisted that oak should be used throughout instead of the usual pine. 

Church Street Chapel later became known as St Mark’s Methodist Church, but sadly had to close shortly before reaching its centenary.  In 2005 it became St Mark's Medical Centre and Pharmacy. As a Grade II listed building, the exterior still stands proudly on the corner of Church Street and Derby Street.

Glorious stained glass windows

Very unusually for a Primitive Methodist Chapel it contains three stained glass windows, in memory of Sir William Hartley, his wife and daughter Christiana, who became mayor of Southport. Their funeral services were all held in this Church.

Derby Road PM Sunday Schools

The Sunday School building next door, known as ‘Derby Road PM Sunday Schools’  was built in 1890, at a cost of £3,000, of which William Hartley donated £1,000. Like the Chapel, it was an imposing building, faced with Accrington bricks and Yorkshire stone dressing.  It was said that 500 adults could be accommodated in one Hall alone, and between 400-500 in the Lecture Hall.

This building is now known as Church House, and used as a further education college.

Photos taken January 2013

OS Map ref:108:SD342172

 

This page was added by Jill Barber on 31/10/2012.
Comments about this page

This is the church I was married in (1966). Rev. Jones officiated. My husband's family were members. Mum, Dad and Aunty were in the choir.

By Sandra Pinch
On 24/05/2013

We live next to an old chapel in Lyng,Norfolk.There is an excellent book about the East Dereham Methodist Circuit and telling the history of same and Methodism in Norfolk .I am sure it would be of interest to you.It is by Cyril Jolley.I am sure you will be able to get it through the library service.

By Sandra Pinch
On 26/05/2013

My cousin found this page and it is lovely to see the church. I knew an Ernest Pinch and I was also in the church choir. My maiden name was Ogden. I went to Sunday school there, brownies and later was a Sunday school teacher to the little ones. Happy days.

By Jean Statham
On 19/02/2014

It's all coming back to me, my cousin is married to Christine Pinch and I was in the choir with her, Duncan Taylor is her husband! goodness what a small world

By Jean Statham
On 19/02/2014

I was married at this church in 1965, also I was a Rose Queen one year. I attended brownies here and was a Sunday school teacher here. I read your comment Sandra Pinch.

By Sheila Pinder was Ogden
On 19/02/2014

Would love to hear from you.We are on Facebook.Sandra Pinch Norwich Norfolk

By Sandra Pinch(Ernie Pinch)
On 24/02/2014

I was baptised here in 1953.

By Jonathan Shepherd
On 17/06/2015

This was our family church when we were growing up in the 70s and 80s. Myself and my wife were happily married here in 1994.

Very fond memories of my late Mum and Dad, Jenny and Bob Ashurst, and all their friends from that time.

By David Ashurst
On 26/11/2015

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