Redruth Primitive Methodist Chapel
Revival breaks out
I am an elder at Redruth Baptist church but live in the very first Primitive Methodist manse ever built in Cornwall. Next door to me is the Primitive Methodist Chapel Plain-an-Gwarry Redruth erected in 1825 following Hugh Bourne’s visit and taking over of a previously unaffiliated class group under a Mr Turner.
The chapel is now the rehearsal rooms for the local town Operatic society, however you can still see the balcony and class rooms. Later another much bigger church was built opposite and just up the street well known as the Cathedral of Primitive Methodism in 1895-ish which closed in 1968 when the town Methodist churches all combined to make the Redruth Methodist church near the railway station. At that point 50 were still in membership.
The first minister was called William Driffield and a revival immediately broke out. Here is one story. One day they were praising God so much the floor gave way but no one was injured. They were known locally as the ranters. Driffield left to become minister of the Fore Street St Ives Primitive chapel – a church I had the joy of pastoring for 3 years from 1989-1992. God bless you all. Andrew Chapple