Wingate Primitive Methodist chapel

Wingate Primitive Methodist chapel and schools
Christian Messenger 1919/74

“Wingate, Thornley Station.—This chapel has been closed for painting, repairs, and general improvement. The old pulpit has been taken down and a neat rostrum put therein ; the singers’ pew has been enlarged. The front of the chapel has been improved by placing two circular-headed windows in. Upwards of £66 have been expended. It was re-opened for Divine worship on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd, 1869.

On the Saturday evening, a tea, elegant in arrangement, profuse in supply, and gratuitously provided by the ladies, gave great pleasure to upwards of 120 visitors and friends who sat down on the occasion. The tables were presided over by Mrs. Lewins, Mrs. A. Harvey, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Hill, Miss Glass, and Miss White. After tea a public meeting was held in the chapel, presided over by Mr. W. Beaney. of Thornley, in the absence of Mr. W. Tate, of Trimdon Grange. … The Rev. J. Magee and Rev. H. Pratt then addressed the meeting. Great credit is due to Mr. R. Lewins for the unremitting exertions he made during the alterations.”

On Sunday the 23rd sermons were preached by Miss Wilson and Mr. W. Tate, to crowded congregations. At the evening service dozens had to return home, as they could not get near the chapel door. At the prayer meeting, one soul found peace with God, through believing.

“The collections, and the profits realised at the tea, amounted to £16 11s. These services have been the best we ever held at Wingate, and we hope to improve ; that sujh may be case is the earnest prayer of John Bell, Jun. “

Edited account from the Primitive Methodist magazine

In 1897, the previous chapel in Humble Lane was replaced by a new building on Front Street. It cost £3,700 of which Mr. William Glass, the old Circuit Steward, gave £1,000. He also made many of the bricks himself.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1869 page 493

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