Newport (Isle of Wight) Primitive Methodist chapel
72 Pyle Street, Newport PO30 1UJ
There are two pieces of evidence about the early days of Primitive Methodism in Newport on the Isle of Wight.
- The 1851 census of Places of Public Religious Worship does include a Primitive Methodist chapel in Newport – Ebenezer chapel. It was probably in Holyrood Street, since the minister who filled in the census form lived in Ebenezer Cottage in Holyrood Street.
- The 1859 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account by J Holdroyd of the opening of what he says is the first Newport (Isle of Wight) Primitive Methodist chapel. It was second-hand, acquired from the Wesleyan Reformers, and the opening services were held from October 3rd 1858. Speakers were Rev G Lamb of London, Rev GJ Proctor (Independent) and Rev J Elrick (Independent). After a tea for 200, a public meeting was addressed by Messrs Dash, Lamb, Pritchard, Willis, Holdroyd and J Alderslade.
The Magazine account tells us that the chapel measured 44′ x 32′ with a gallery at one end, a schoolroom entered from the gallery, a vestry and room for expansion. It was “fitted up with pews”, lit by gas and had an organ. It cost £600 of which they had only raised £100.
Neither of these accounts located either the first or the replacement chapel. When this page was initially created I asked where was this chapel and what happened to it? See the comments below which fill in some of the detail.
Primitive Methodist magazine 1859 p.42