Darlington Greenbank Primitive Methodist chapel 1879

Darlington Greenbank Primitive Methodist chapel 1879

The 1878 Primitive Methodist magazine contains a note recording  the laying of the foundation stones for a new  Primitive Methodist chapel and schools at Darlington, in an excellent situation facing one of the principal roads of the town. The property was expected to cost £6,000 with at least half raised.

The 1879 Primitive Methodist magazine contains a note of the opening of a new Primitive Methodist chapel in Darlington. It tells us:

“Our church in Darlington has secured as complete and convenient a set of premises as can be found anywhere in the Connexion, comprehending (sic) chapel, school rooms, vestries and other accommodation.  The cost has been a little over £6,000 and it is to be hoped that the Society will grow vigorous and strong in its new home.”

It tells us nothing more about where this church was and what happened to it.  It was obviously significant; compare the £6,000 cost with a village chapel which might have cost £400

Thanks to Howard Richter for clarifying the identity of the chapel:

This must surely have been the chapel known as Greenbank: this was built in 1879 and was the largest ex-PM in the town in the 1940 list

Various sources:

Location: NZ 2857 1479
https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/428574/514789/13/101329

Newspaper article with dates
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8185638.darlington-enormous-ecclesiastical-edifice/
NB: Closed 1965, demolished; replaced by flats

Choir
https://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/content/subjects-2/music/greenbank-church-darlington

Distant view
https://dre.durham.gov.uk/Image/Search/Greenbank/DRE10266

Closeup
https://dre.durham.gov.uk/Image/Search/Greenbank/DRE7936

Good picture on flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/54196835@N04/24539594405

Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine 1878 page 571

Primitive Methodist magazine 1879 page 700

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