Marsden Primitive Methodist chapel

Expansion paid for by an Anglican clergyman

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist magazine of 1836 contains an account by John Moore of the opening of Marsden Primitive Methodist chapel in the Burnley circuit in 1835.

The new chapel measured 26' (w) x 33' (l) x 23' (h) and had a gallery at one end. It seated 90 and the society started a Sunday school with 200 scholars.

Preachers at the opening were Robert Kaye, Ingham Walton and Brother John Bywater. Two sermons were preached outside as there was no room inside the chapel. The services took place on 01/11/1835 and 08/11/1835.

On Christmas day 1858, the chapel was re-opened after the addition of side galleries and a vestry, seating additional 70.  The work took five weeks and cost £100, which had all been raised. Many new members joined. Re-opening preachers were Rev Rumfitt, WH Walton, J Hedley.

Remarkably, Rev W Thursby, an Anglican clergyman, gave £60. 

I can't find the chapel on later Ordnance Survey maps.  Where was it and what happened to it?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1836 page 266

Primitive Methodist magazine 1859 page 241-242


This page was added by Christopher Hill on 05/10/2017.
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I've added information of expansion work done in 1858 - remarkably with a sizeable donation from an Anglican clergyman

By Christopher Hill
On 18/10/2017

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