St. Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cornwall.

Henry Roe - Minister 1883-1885

Henry Roe was the Minister at St. Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel from 1883 until 1885. He eventually retired to live there and attend the church until his death in October 1920 in a carriage at the local railway station. He is buried in the Barnoon cemetery overlooking the sea.

St. Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel, Fore Street, St. Ives
Robin Crossley
Inside St. Ives Chapel March 2013 Open Day. This is how it would have been when Henry preached there.
Robin Crossley
Upstairs seating in St. Ives Chapel untouched.Taken March 2013 at an Open Day.
Robin Crossley
1837 St. Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel in 1983
Keith Guyler 1983
Fore Street former Primitive Methodist Church, St Ives Cornwall
Steven Wild
St Ives : return from the Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 311 2 2 13
transcribed by David Tonks 2021

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  • Jo Lewis says about the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Fore Street:
    The first Primitive Methodist meetings were held in the open by Rev Joseph Grieves, who first visited in June 1829. The next month he wrote that he preached for the first time “on a large boat near the quay; the most populous and wicked part of the town”. Over the coming months many were saved and God’s power was felt strongly. Meetings were started indoors in sail lofts around the harbour. By 1831 the chapel was opened having cost £830 1s 1d. It had 800 sittings and was for many years regarded as the fishermen’s chapel. Alterations have been made over the years, but it remains in appearance substantially the same. In 1932 the chapel became St Ives Fore Street Methodist Church.

    It possesses three charcoal drawings by the artist W.H.Y. Titcombe: ‘Primitive Methodists at prayer’, ‘A Mariners’ Sunday School’ and ‘Piloting her Home’. The finished paintings for which these drawings were made are at Dudley Art Gallery, Doncaster Art Gallery and Toronto Art Gallery respectively.

    It is grade 2 listed

    Kresen Kernow has further records here.

    By Christopher Hill (02/10/2021)
  • I’ve added the return from St Ives Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. It records the chapel as built in 1831 and holding 800 people. Remarkably, on Census Sunday in 1851, the chapel was full in the Sunday evening and over half full in the afternoon. There was also a thriving Sunday school. The return was completed by the minister, Robert Tuffin.

    By Christopher Hill (13/05/2021)
  • St Ives Fore Street Methodist. chapel is as it describes itself a one chapel Methodist circuit and is a thriving and active church within the town.
    It was one of several Methodist chapels ( of all various types) in St Ives which were the first Methodist circuit in Cornwall from the early days of the Wesley’s outreach, and  centre of revival and outreach in the early 19th Century in West Cornwall and together with St Ives Bible Christian Methodist Chapel   are the remaining chapels of this once very active hub of Methodism . The chapels web site has a history link on its web site to its Primitive Methodist links along with a link to a written history of the chapel and Methodists in St Ives….valuable in research the Bible Christian chapel has a history link which over laps, by local Methodist historian JCC Probert..again valuable research of the BC chapel submitted to My Bible Christian site.

    By David Cracknell (29/06/2017)
  • Richard and Agnes Harry are my great, great, great grandparent.  It would seem Noala Snowdon we are related

    By Debbie Harry-Clarke (25/04/2017)
  • This is where my Great Great Grandparents Richard and Agnes Harry and their families worshipped and were baptised during the 1800’s

    Richard is the central figure in WHY Titcomb’s painting ‘Primitive Methodist at Prayer’

    By Nola Snowdon (28/03/2017)
  • My grandparents, John Richards & Elizabeth Clark were married here on 31st March 1894.

    By David Richards (12/02/2014)

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