Gateshead Prince Consort Road Primitive Methodist chapel

Ely Street, Gateshead, NE8 1NR

Gateshead Prince Consort Road Primitive Methodist chapel
Handbook of the Primitive Methodist Conference 1924; Englesea Brook Museum
Gateshead Primitive Methodist chapels
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1903/477
View of the chapel c1966
Image from the collections of the Newcastle upon Tyne District Archives
Minister and members of the chapel pictured at the front doors. nd c1930
Image from the collections of the Newcastle upon Tyne District Archives
Cover of programme for final Circuit Rally held at Prince Consort Road (ex PM) 1935
Image from the collections of the Newcastle upon Tyne District Archives
Image from the collections of the Newcastle upon Tyne District Archives

Gateshead Prince Consort Road Primitive Methodist chapel in April 2015 was in use by the Naqashbandiya Aslamiya Trust.  It appears little changed from the 1924 picture.

In his history of Northern Primitive Methodism, W. Patterson tells us the following about Prince Consort Road and its people:

“Prince Consort Road Church, the head of the Second Circuit, has been a conspicuous success. Like Durham Road, it has been the spiritual home of a generous and devoted people. Scope, the Bowrans, Barron, Ridley, Grainger, Hewitt, Johnson, Thirlwell, and a host more have been connected with the fortunes of this strong church for many years. As regards the Bowran family, their life has been interwoven with the society from its start. A few men from Nelson Street commenced a mission in Worcester Street, in an upstairs flat. The Bowrans lived near, and the children went to the Sunday School. The father, an engine-driver, was drawn to the chapel when it was built, having been invited there by R. Bell, who was also an engine-driver. From that day he became attached to the place, and in this way all the family was secured to Primitive Methodism. There are eight sons, and the success in life of each is remarkable. William, the eldest, is a local preacher in Sunderland, where he holds a position of trust on the Echo.” Robert has built up a large business, is the choir-master of Prince Consort Road Church, was the conductor of the District Psalmody Association which did so much for the improvement of the service of praise in scores of chapels, and is a member of the Town Council. John G. (“Ramsay Guthrie”) went into the ministry when only twenty years of age, and the mark he has made as a preacher, pastor, and evangelist is heightened by the popularity he has secured by his Methodist idylls. George and his wife are the leaders of the Poor Children’s Mission at Shieldfield, Newcastle, in connection with the United Methodist Church, where some eight hundred poor children are under their care. Thomas is a local preacher, the organist of Prince Consort Road Church, and one of the school superintendents. James is at Prince Consort Road also. David S. is a local preacher, and one of the circuit stewards; and Edwin was the musical director of the Central Church, Newcastle.”


W.M. PATTERSON (1909),  NORTHERN PRIMITIVE METHODISM.  There is a longer extract about Newcastle and Gateshead chapels at:



Comments about this page

  • The church was converted sometime ago and is now Gateshead Mosque

    By Richard Jennings (17/09/2020)
  • That’s a strong family connection Margaret. Any formal records of the chapel are likely to be held by the local authority.

    By Christopher Hill (24/04/2020)
  • My parents were married here in 1944; her sisters Sarah and Florence were also married here. My Grandmother Harriet Stratton was caretaker and cleaner at the church she died in 1966 age 85. The three girl’s were also members of the girl’s brigade. My brother and I may have been Christened here. My name was Margaret Anne Thow, born 6th December, 1945.

    My cousin who lives in Holland hopes to write a book about my Grandmother.

    If you can give me any information I would be obliged.

    By Margaret Edwards (21/04/2020)

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