Ryhope Colliery Primitive Methodist chapel
largely paid for by the liberality of the company
The Primitive Methodist magazine of 1863 contains a report from the Sunderland times of the laying of the foundation stone for Ryhope Colliery Primitive Methodist chapel.
Ordnance Survey maps outline the story. On the 1895-6 map the chapel is labelled on the Ryhope Street roadside, almost in the school grounds. The 1919-20 map shows the building immediately to the west, but set back from the road. The earlier building is still there. The same is true in the 1959-62 map, although the original building is now labelled School House. Confusingly, on the 1954-58 map another Methodist church is named a little way to the east, almost opposite Nelson Street. It’s not there on any other maps I can see so what’s the explanation here? I’m not sure about the story here; can anyone help?
This is the newspaper account
Ryhope Colliery.—Sunderland circuit—On Saturday last the friends of Primitive Methodism met on a spot adjoining the new schools, for the purpose of laying the foundation stone of a new Primitive Methodist chapel, the site of which has been liberally given by the owners of the colliery. After devotional by the Revs. R. Fenwick and W. Alderson, Mr. Gibson, the colliery engineer, presented Wm. Hopper, Esq., of Sunderlaud, with the silver trowel, purchased for him by the society, with which he proceeded to lay the stone.
Suitable addresses were given by Messrs. Fenwick, Hopper, and T. Gibson, of Sunderland, all bearing testimony to the liberality and kindness of the colliery owners in this undertaking, who had not only given the site, but had promised the stones, lime, water, &e., and also led them to the ground. They had often been helped with equal liberality by the same company at other collieries, and they hoped the workmen would ever feel deeply grateful. A collection was taken on the ground, which, with ten pounds given by W. Hopper, Esq., amounted to about £12.
The company adjourned to the boy’s school and partook of tea. In the evening a public meeting was held, presided over by Mr. Hopper, when addresses were given by the ministers of the circuit, and other friends. The chapel is to be large and commodious, with a vestry, and will cost upwards of £300. Towards this sum several handsome donations have come in, and the committee are determined to make every effort to have the chapel free from debt as soon as possible. —Sunderland Times.—[We are sorry the date of the above service is not given, but we suppose it was sometime in the month of September last. Ed]
Primitive Methodist magazine 1863 page 114