Chapel numbers

The number of Primitive Methodist chapels at different times was as shown in the following table. Please note the difference in number between those places of Primitive Methodist worship in use, and those registered. These differences are due to the differing purposes of the statistics. The connexional figures are for Great Britain, whereas the official statistics relate to England and Wales (although there were only 18 ex-Primitive Methodist congregations in Scotland in 1940) Any additions to the table will be received with thanks.


DateChapelsRented placesTotal in useTotal Registered or recorded
1838  939 
1843  1278 
1940  3904 



The Primitive Methodist Magazine 1838, 1843, 1851, 1861, 1867, 1869, 1871, 1881

Religious worship in England and Wales: abridged from the official report… London: George Routledge & Co., 1854

A list of places of meeting for public religious worship certified to the Registrar General … To 30th June, 1867. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1867

Dissenters’ places of worship: Return of the total number of places of meeting for religious worship in England and Wales [1869] (Parlmt Paper 443 Session 1870)


Methodist Church. Department for Chapel Affairs. Methodist Church Buildings: Statistical Returns Including Seating Accommodation as at July 1st 1940. Manchester: Department for Chapel Affairs, [1947]. 303 pp.

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