Hull Great Thornton Street Primitive Methodist Chapel

approximate location of former Great Thornton Street Primitive Methodist chapel

Icehouse Road, Hull HU3 2HQ

By Christopher Hill

Great Thornton Street Primitive Methodist Chapel opened in 1842. It was designed by architect H F Lockwood, in the Greek revival style, and had seating for 1,300. It had a modest brick shell with a stone façade, and cost £7,000 to build.

The 1856 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an extensive account by William Garner of its re-opening after being damaged by fire which broke out in the afternoon of Easter Sunday, March 23rd, 1856. The building and everything in it apart from some Sunday School library books was completely destroyed, leaving only the walls standing.

Next door was a vacant Anglican chapel seating 600 which was generously lent to the society at no charge whilst the Primitive chapel was re-built. They undertook extensive fundraising by collecting, tea meeting for 400 ("Mrs. Margison, the principal contractor’s wife, furnished a tray for more than 100 guests"), a bazaar and subscriptions; neighbouring circuits also contributed. "A worthy sea captain has contributed a thousand pence, on hearing that an illustrious lady had contributed a thousand pounds to the suffering proprietor of Covent Garden Theatre"

The chapel was restored under W. Sissons, the architect and Mr Margison the contractor. Several improvements were incorporated including an enlarged gallery.

The chapel re-opened on Friday evening, September 26th, 1856. Addresses at the opening came from W Garner, Mr. and Mrs. Lonsdale, of Brigg. Brother E. Morton, of the Hull second circuit, Thomas Bennett, of Patrington, and W. Harland, of Hull. 

With the money they raised and payment from the insurance, they were only £270  short. 

It was again almost destroyed by a fire in 1907; a small section survived until around 1950. A new hall was built in 1908/09, on the site of the damaged chapel, known as Thornton Hall. Designed by Gelder & Kitchen and built at a cost of £18,250, the new hall seated slightly more, with seats for 2,000. The new hall was destroyed in the air-raids of World War Two. The area has since been completely re-developed.

On the Ordnance Survey maps, Great Thornton Street is shown to the east of its present location, roughly on the line of Icehouse Road. It was located just south of the junction with St Luke's Road, on the opposite side of Icehouse Road.


Carnegie Heritage Centre website accessed April 10th 2017 at

Primitive Methodist magazine December 1856 pp.746-748


This page was added by Christopher Hill on 10/04/2017.

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