Lymm Primitive Methodist Chapels

Eagle Brow

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Lymm: Return from the Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
transcribed by David Tonks
Lymm Primitive Methodist Chapel

Image from a postcard , published by C.E. Ardern, Lymm.

Editor’s note (CH 2021)

In the 1850 Primitive Methodist magazine, John Oscroft tells us more about the opening of the first chapel at “the remarkably clean and pleasant village of  Lymm”. After meeting for years for free in a small school-room belonging to Thomas Howard, a revival in 1848-9 doubled the number of members and they decided to build.

Opening services started on January 27th 1850 with preachers being JA Bastow (Keighley), W Auliff (Preston Brook) and G Dickinson (Wesleyan of Warrington).

The building measured 27′ square and 14′ 8″ high and cost £270, of which they had raised £121/9/2. A major contribution came from a tea meeting for 200 held during construction  as soon as the roof was put on.

A larger chapel was opened in 1898 next to the original chapel. The architect was J D Mould of Manchester and Bury, and the contractor Henry Thomason of Lymm.  In 1966 the chapel united with Lymm New Road (formerly Wesleyan) chapel. In 2019 Street View shows both chapels still in use.


Primitive Methodist magazine May 1850 page 312-313

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  • I’ve added added an account from the 1850 Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of the first Primitive Methodist chapel at Lymm. You can see it on the left in the photograph. I’ve also added a location map.

    By Christopher Hill (25/05/2021)
  • I’ve added a transcript of the return from Lymm Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship. Attendance at both afternoon and evening services was 50 people with 30 scholars each time.

    Thomas Howard, a Trustee and Class Leader, tells us that the chapel, built in 1849, is in Booth’s Hill. What happened to this chapel and its successor on Eagle Brow?

    By Christopher Hill (20/09/2020)

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