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It could well be Skipton chapel itself. There’s an account in the 1836 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 268) of the opening of Skipton Primitive Methodist chapel on October 26th 1835 – click here for more. Preachers at the opening included Brothers W Clowes, J Hutchinson, J Bywater and W Carthy. The chapel was a substantial building, 33 feet wide by 56 feet long and 26 feet high with a gallery at each end and the front side. There were two cottages under the end galleries. The building, including the land, cost £700. The account is provided by WL and Skipton was at that point in the Silsden circuit. These magazine accounts rarely give any detail of location.
I am the great great grandson of the Rev. William. I came across this today by accident, so a very pleasant surprise. Frederick George was my great grandfather. The family remained/returned to Northern Ireland following his time in Belfast. Well done for your efforts.
I have 2 silver plate presentation trowel/cake slices which are engraved:
“Presented to Mrs J H Roberts Primitive Methodist Church Blakcheath March 31st 1902” & “Presented to Mrs W Evans Primitive Methodist Church Blakcheath March 31st 1902”