West Hartlepool Whitby Street Primitive Methodist chapel
In 1861, West Hartlepool was a rapidly growing place with a population of 14,000; ten years previously there were “but a few houses in this place”.
William Lister, one of the preachers, describes the laying of the foundation stone of West Hartlepool Primitive Methodist chapel in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1861. The stone was laid by Dr. James Atkinson, of West Hartlepool on August 12th 1861. Celebrations included a procession from Church Street to the new site and a public tea for 360 in New Market.
As usual, the magazine article gives little information about where this chapel was. Thanks to Holly Cochran – Durham Records Online – in the comment below for identifying it as the Whitby Street chapel that in time became the head of a circuit. You can see the six societies in the circuit on the 1900 West Hartlepool circuit plan – see here.
Primitive Methodist magazine October 1861 page 616