Northwich Castle Zion Primitive Methodist chapel

Zion Street Northwich CW8 1HA

Northwich Castle Primitive Methodist chapel

An article in the 1865 Primitive Methodist magazine describes the opening of a new chapel in the Castle area of Northwich.  A Primitive Methodist chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps on Zion Street – with a Wesleyan Methodist chapel on Chapel Street – although there has been considerable re-alignment of the road layout since then shown on the difference between the 1965 and 1972 maps.

I can see no evidence of the chapel on Street View.

Chapel opening at Castle, Northwich.—Under circumstances of peculiar pleasure the foundation stone of the above chapel was laid on the 31st of August, 1864, by John Thompson, Esq., of Northwich, and a sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Macpherson, of Manchester, after which a number partook of tea. A public meeting was held afterwards.

The chapel, which is of the Italian style of architecture, will cost about £330, is twelve yards by nine, and will comfortably seat 162. Opening sermons were preached on the 11th of December, 1864, by the Rev. J. Guest of Nantwich ; on the 18th, by Thomas Bateman, Esq., of Chorley ; and on the 25th, by the Rev. W. Mallalieu, of Stretford. On the 26th a public tea meeting was held, a part of the provisions for which were given, and it was presided over by Geo. Slater, Esq.

We wish to acknowledge with thanks, from John Thompson, Esq., £5 ; Simeon Leather, Esq., of Delamere Forest, £5 ; Mr. J. Rogerson, of Northwich, £5 ; Mr. J. Hardley, of Northwich, an excellent stove ; and J. Tollemache, Esq., the site on which the chapel’ stands. About £64 have been raised in money by various efforts.

Since the opening a few poor sinners have professed to be saved. About fifty of the seats are let, and for the time, the congregations are encouraging. G. Smith.”


Primitive Methodist magazine 1865 page 369

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  • I recall this building as a child of about 7yrs, around 1959/60. We lived at 2 Chapel street. The Chapel, or I believe it was then a sewing factory, was on the opposite side possibly on the corner of Beeston street. We often climbed on a high step to look into the rear windows from Back lane. The first half of Chapel Street was demolished in the 1960’s, which included the Chapel.
    I see from the Cheshire archives that it ceased being a chapel in 1947 when it seems the local congregation merged with Zion street chapel.

    By David King (22/02/2021)

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