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Within 5 years of the opening, the premises were no longer big enough, especially for the Sunday school. 450 children were meeting in the chapel itself, so they erected substantial school accommodation, measuring 54′ x 28’10” and containing 4 classrooms. They also enlarged the chapel, making it 24′ longer. J Roscoe was the Sunday school superintendent and JT Cooper the secretary. The foundation stone was laid by JD Harris MP. Preachers included Revs S Antliff, W Antliff, J Macpherson, W Jefferson, T Roberts, WH Williams and J Glegg. Donors included JD Harris (MP), Mr & Mrs Roscoe, F and Mrs Warner and JT Cooper. The development is described by T Roberts in the Primitive Methodist magazine of July 1866 (ages 429-430).
I’ve added details of an account of the chapel opening from the Primitive Methodist magazine. It does indeed confirm that the land came from Mr W Tipples, “who sold us the land and generously returned the purchase money”.
When working in the area (c2006-2012) I was shocked to see that since this picture was taken a subsequent developer or owner of this building had seen fit to chisel off the letters above the doorway, but in such a clumsy way that it could still be read – grotesquely disfigured with scrape-marks.