Shildon Fryer Street Primitive Methodist Church

Fryer Street, Shildon, Co. Durham

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

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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  • 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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