Shildon Fryer Street Primitive Methodist Church

Fryer Street, Shildon, Co. Durham

Return from Shildon Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
transcribed by David Tonks 2020

The 1835 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account by W Towler of the opening of Shildon Primitive Methodist chapel.  Opening services took place on May 11th 1834 and the chapel is described as a “plain substantial stone building”.  The Society had 40 members.

Nineteen years later, the Primitive Methodist magazine of November 1853 contains a brief note by Thomas Russell of the re-opening of Old Shildon chapel – Old Shildon because by then New Shildon had become well established. The chapel had never been painted and now needed repair. The sermon at the re-opening service on September 4th was preached by Robert Clapham of Yarm; two souls were converted.

Thanks to Howard Richter for tracking down this chapel on the 1876 25-inch map, on the east side of Fryer Street (now vanished) at about NZ 2278 2650  (NB. The Old maps site is no longer freely accessible)

On the next available edition – 1897 – at about NZ 2282 2655 the Fryer Street chapel is no longer marked but there is a much larger chapel at the junction of Primitive Street and Church Street.

Learn about the new chapel here.

There was also a Primitive Methodist Church in St John’s Road, New Shildon.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1835 p.144

Primitive Methodist magazine November 1853 p.687


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  • The 1883 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 761) tells us they were starting work on a new Primitive Methodist Sunday school at Old Shildon in the Shildon station.. The memorial stones were laid by CS Edgar of Bishop Auckland.

    By Christopher Hill (25/04/2020)
  • Is the Old Shildon Primitive Methodist chapel referred to in re-opening note in the 1853 November Primitive Methodist magazine the same chapel as this chapel in Church Street?

    By Christopher Hill (28/02/2017)

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