St John's Weardale Primitive Methodist chapel

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St John's Weardale Primitive Methodist chapel
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The Primitive Methodist magazine of February 1853 contains an account by William Clemitson of the opening of St John’s Primitive Methodist chapel in Weardale.  At the time St John’s was a market town with a rapidly increasing population and the society could not meet the local demand, especially in the Sunday school.

Begging for funding throughout Weardale raised £100 towards the overall £390 cost; a piece of land was bought from Edward Shafto of Durham; stones for the building were taken – for free- from the River Wear; all materials were carried to the site for free.

Rev H Hebbron of Sunderland laid the foundation stone on May 4th 1852.  He and Rev J Lightfoot preached sermons.  Opening celebrations started with a tea meeting for 420 on November 20th 1852and continued with further services and another tea meeting. Additional preachers included CC M’kechnie, J Dawson, G Watson, G Race, Mr G Lamb (Brigg), J Nattrass (Carlisle) W Clemitson.

The chapel was 42′ x 33′ and 24′ high, roofed with Welsh slate, with a gallery supported by cast iron pillars on three sides and accommodation for 350.

On Google Street View in 2015 the chapel is disused.


Primitive Methodist magazine February 1853 pp.121-122


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