Penzance; Mount Street PM Church, Cornwall
When we were on holiday in Cornwall, my husband Roger took a picture of Mount Street Primitive Methodist Chapel in Penzance. There were very few Primitive Methodist Chapels opened in West Cornwall, because, as well as the Wesleyans, there were strong Bible Christian, Wesleyan Reform and United Methodist Free Church causes already.
The Primitive Methodists in Penzance had used various rooms for meeting before opening their first chapel in Mount Street in 1839. This was gradually expanded until the chapel could seat 700. Then a new chapel was built in 1899, keeping only the side walls of the old chapel and rebuilding the rest. The new chapel cost £1,500 and could seat 500.
The chapel continued in use after Union until the late 1960’s. Revd Tony Barnes, who informed me of its PM origins, remembers that he gave his first address from the pulpit there in 1963. The building has now been developed as a block of flats, but the exterior remains unchanged.