South Shields Glebe Primitive Methodist chapel

Cornwallis Street, South Shields

There is an account written by J Branfoot in the Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of South Shields Primitive Methodist chapel on 17th December 1821.  

He describes the chapel as commodious and seating nearly 900 – a significantly large chapel for the time.

Although the magazine report doesn’t give any further clues as to which chapel it was, see the comments below which identify it.

The chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps of 1858 at the junction of Cornwallis Street and Coronation Street.  By 1896 an engineering works is shown on the site. 

You can see pictures of the later Glebe chapel on this page


Primitive Methodist magazine 1824 page 116


Comments about this page

  • Thanks David.  I’ve added the name to the page.

    By Christopher Hill (11/09/2017)
  • The Return for the Census of Religious Worship 1851 relating to Glebe Primitive Methodist Chapel, Cornwallis Street, South Shields (TNA HO 129/550/1/4/21) states that it was erected in 1823.  It had 300 Free Sittings, 600 Other Sittings and 150 Free Spaces.  Attendances on Census Sunday were: General Congregation, Morning 150, Afternoon 500, Evening 850 and Sunday School 230.  It was the earliest PM Chapel in South Shields for which a Return was made.

    By David Tonks (10/09/2017)

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