Marley Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

Old Marley Hill NE16 5ET

Marley Hill is a former colliery village about six miles to the south west of Gateshead. The Primitive Methodist magazine for July 1853 contains an account by Adam Dodds of the laying of the foundation stone on Good Friday, March 25th, 1853 of Marley Hill Primitive Methodist chapel in the Shotley Bridge circuit.

The stone was laid by H Phillips of Newcastle, followed by a tea for 230 people in the Wesleyan chapel. The later public meeting, chaired by Mr Farley, overman of the colliery, heard “truly catholic and soul-cheering” addresses from H Phillips, J Charlton, J Urwin, J Lowrey and the preachers in the circuit.

The chapel was located in Chapel Row, one of three terraces (Chapel Row, Coke Row, also known as Cinderburn Row, and Middle Row) situated nearest to Marley Hill Pit. Chapel Row was originally called Front Row until the Primitive Methodist Chapel was built on the end of it in 1853. In 1901 twenty-seven families lived there with a population of 176. Chapel Row was demolished in 1936; nothing remains of the chapel or the buildings around it.

There is a picture of the chapel in Around Whickham through time.

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