Newport (Isle of Wight) Primitive Methodist chapel

Pyle Street NEWPORT Isle of Wight PO30 1JT

Is this the former PM chapel? See comment below. Click to follow link |
Is this the former PM chapel? See comment below. Click to follow link

The 1859 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account by J Holdroyd of the opening of 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 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.

Where was this chapel and what happened to it?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1859 p.42


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  • Thanks Mike for this. I’ve added the location map above.  On the 1863-4 Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 map the building is labelled as “Wesleyan chapel” but I guess it took a while to update survey information.  Later maps show the building with no label or just marked just “chapel”

    By Christopher Hill (14/08/2017)
  • Hello researching my family history and discovered my grandmother Ellen Willis nee Leigh was baptised at the Primitive Methodist chapel in Newport Isle of Wight. I see from reading Christopher Hill’s notes on the chapel that he was asking where it was.

    Following a hunch I think I found the answer:

    Somewhere read that the Apollo Theatre was built after the purchase of the Apollo Theatre of a Primitive Methodist Chapel. This made sense as the original building was bought from Weslyian Methodists who moved to larger premises. I assume that the County Press would have pictures of the original Primitive Methodists chapel which interests me for my family history.

    Any help appreciated


    By Mike Plumbley (13/08/2017)

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