Smallbridge Primitive Methodist preaching place

Smallbridge: return from the Primitive Methodist preaching place to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 476 8 1 3
transcribed by David Tonks 2021

John Crossley, the chapel keeper of Smallbridge  Primitive Methodist society, submitted the return to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship recording the attendance at the  preaching place.

He reported that the usual morning congregation was 60 people with a Sunday school of 65 scholars whilst 52 worshippers attended in the evening. along with 54 scholars.  However, on Census Sunday itself there were no services, only morning and afternoon Sunday school attended by  56 scholars each time.

The building which was used exclusively as a place of worship and Sunday school  dated from November 1836 and there is an ambiguous  note about the school being used for other purposes

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