Temple Town Primitive Methodist chapel

South Shields circuit

By Christopher Hill

The opening of Temple Town chapel is described in the Primitive Methodist magazine by William Eckersall:


Temple Town is the west part of South Shields, where we have had a preaching station and a society for a number of years. But from the want of a suitable place of worship, we have not reaped fruit to that extent which we ought to have done. On one occasion, a society of upwards of one hundred members was broken up by being expelled their preaching-room.

Under the superintendency of Mr. North, the station was visited with a remarkable outpouring of the Holy Ghost; believers were quickened, sinners awakened, backsliders reclaimed, and the society greatly increased; so that the preaching place became too small. Arrangements were entered into for to build a new one. The society were called together, the case was laid before them, their help was requested, and they nobly responded; for, in a few minutes, upwards of forty pounds was pledged by the working men of which this society is composed: and in a few months it was nearly all paid into the hands of the treasurer.

The chapel was commenced and finished without any accident occurring.

It was opened on Christmas-day, and the two following sabbaths. The proceeds of these services was the noble sum of twenty-two pounds. It will seat four hundred persons; it cost upwards of three hundred pounds. The seats let well. The debt upon it is two hundred pounds. The Golden system was introduced at the opening services, and fifty pounds pledged for the next anniversary.

I don't know exactly where the chapel was, when it closed, or what happened to the building.  The huge and impressive chapel in Laygate Lane possibly replaced it.


Primitive Methodist magazine June 1841 pages 208-9


Opening of Temple Town chapel
Opening of Temple Town chapel (78k)
Primitive Methodist magazine 1841 p208-9 transcribed by David Tonks

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