Maling's Rigg Primitive Methodist Chapel

Sunderland, Co. Durham

Originally built in 1778, the Primitive Methodists purchased this building in 1856
Newcastle upon Tyne District Archives
Malings Rigg Primitive Methodist chapel east end
from the collection of Paul Watson
Malings Rigg Primitive Methodist chapel interior
from the collection of Paul Watson

The Primitive Methodist magazine of February 1900 comments that the story of Malings Rigg chapel had appeared in the Sunderland Echo, and the editor comments that it is a better story than cheap fiction.

  • The chapel opened in 1778 as an Independent chapel in what was then a respectable area of the small town of Sunderland.
  • It became a Presbyterian chapel
  • In 1820 the Primitive Methodists bought it and “for long it flourished”
  • “In recent times it had become a mere name
  • “By strong effort it has again become a living church  and is doing useful work amongst the poor” – it’s area was by then largely slum housing


Primitive Methodist magazine February 1900 page 158

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  • I’ve added two pictures provided by Paul Watson to the page.

    By Christopher Hill (25/03/2022)
  • I’ve added information from the 1900 Primitive Methodist magazine to give a taste of the story of the society.

    By Christopher Hill (12/11/2021)

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