Hebburn Charles Street Primitive Methodist Chapel

Co. Durham

The only known picture of Charles St. PM Chapel, taken c1920
Bede Circuit Archive Collections

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  • I lived as a child in the house just out of picture left of the chapel from 1950-1958. I slept in the attic. There were only 3 houses left on this side of Charles St, the others having been destroyed or badly damaged during the war. I do not remember the chapel having a porch, it was used as a photographic development workshop I believe. I have been curious about the age of the house, I see the chapel was built in 1870, presumably the houses were likewise.

    By Anthony Scott (20/01/2021)
  • Almost all records relating to this chapel have vanished. The only survivors are Membership Roll Books that were shared with other societies in the Jarrow PM Circuit. There are mentions of the chapel on Circuit Plans and within Circuit records, but that is about all. A photograph of the chapel is shown in the PM Quarterly Guide for the Jarrow and South Shields Circuits. The chapel was also known as Hebburn New Town Primitive Methodist Chapel.

    The society was founded in 1867 and the chapel built in 1870 with seating for 120. Lease dated 2nd February 1871 between Charles Tennant Esq. and another to MJ Robinson. Mortgage with the Percy Benefit Building Society dated 15th February 1871. Registered for worship 18th January 1873. The chapel was never registered for marriages and the location of the Baptism Registers is not known.

    In 1891, there were 41 members and an average congregation numbering some 110 persons. In 1913, the premises were valued at £650 and were known to be free of debt.

    £560 was invested with the CAA for the erection of a new church on land that had been secured on Shields Road. Also in 1913, there were 67 members, 24 teachers and 189 scholars connected with the Sunday School and John Tingate was the Sunday School Superintendent in the 1940s.

    On 10th December 1938, a new Trustee Board was appointed and consisted of: Ernest Gibbs, William Jameson, James Frederick Fairless, John Thomas Alexander, John Tingate, Charles George Popay, Thomas Boyes Frankland, Fred Collingwood, James Livermore Dutch, Anderson Mitchell Milne jun., Leonard Jameson Tingate, Joseph Elliott, David Blair Nesbitt, Ernest Edgar, Anderson Mitchell Milne sen., Norman Franklands, Norman Gibbs, Herbert Lumley Banks jun., John Wesley Waddell Thompson and Bryan Collingwood. This Trust was also responsible for the site on Shields Road purchased in 1913 on which a new church was to be erected.

    The chapel was bombed during the Second World War and a little girl was killed nearby during the same raid. Several people who now attend St. Lukes Methodist Church (to whom I am grateful for help in compiling these notes) have memories of Charles Street, but the location of all its records remains a mystery. Like most chapels in the District, Charles Street was insured under the War Damages Act, of 1943. This was one of only a handful of chapels in the Tyneside area that were seriously damaged during the war and the War Damage Commission duly paid up on 5th October 1950, the sum of £520 17s 9d.

    The Department for Chapel Affairs in Manchester, sanctioned the sale of the Charles Street Chapel on 12th June 1952. The congregation merged with that at Glen Street and later the united church opened St. Lukes Methodist Church.

    By Richard Jennings (19/09/2020)

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