Douglas Buck's Road Primitive Methodist Chapel


Bucks Road Primitive Methodist chapel
Christian Messenger 1923/48

This chapel was opened in 1900 at a cost of £7,192 10s 11d. For many years it was the head church of one of the Primitive Methodist Circuits.

The opening is noted in the 1900 Primitive Methodist magazine . It notes that the new chapel was worth the £6,200 spent, although many members would regret the closure of the previous Wellington Street chapel.

It was closed in 1967 and sold in 1968 for £5,500. The chapel, at the junction of Bucks Road and Merton Bank,  is now in commercial use.

The society united with Rosemount (formerly Wesleyan) Methodist Church to form the newly named Trinity Methodist Church at Rosemount.


The Manx Methodist Historical Society, Spring 2018, No 66, pp 8, 11

Primitive Methodist magazine September 1900 page 717

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  • Previous posting :
    Rev Francis, addition note to scrapbook cuttings is -c.1924.

    By Ray & Marie. (30/05/2022)
  • Additional :
    ref. ID 11.17/95, classification G. 88/1xf (p.233), newspaper cutting with picture notes his* 50th years Jubilee, in Bucks Road PM Church, filed in biography scrapbook.

    Manx Minister’s 50 years service Rev Francis Neil Shimmin *[ or Shimnin].

    Kind regard, R&M.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (30/05/2022)
  • Additional :
    ref. M 01441, classification E.240/4(10), The Centenary of Primitive Methodism in The Isle of Man, celebrations in Bucks Road Church, Douglas, January 11th 1923, notes include Phillip Clucas, known by Rev. J. Qualye Callister as “Phil-Phillip”, Pamphlet, Primitive Methodist, in English.
    6 hymns.

    Kind regards,
    Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ælla. (29/05/2022)
  • Manx Isles :
    There are Old-Norse (Viking) stones.
    King Edwin’s bretwalda-rule included Man Isle, he being first Christian king of Northumbia, the Old-Norse influence was much later, yet were influenced themselves by Max people, some said stones having Christian crosses on.
    However, the introduction of Primitive Methodism to the Max people was evangelically peaceful, but some setbacks.

    Kind regards,
    Ray & Marie.

    By Ray & Marie. ( Æ ). (29/05/2022)
  • Additional :
    ref. M.42400/220, classification J.62/BAL, pamphlet, with listed cast, year 1920. The Ballasalla Players, original-manx, two plays: “Euny’s,The Dalby Maid, by Cuhag and ” A L’ L’ Smook”,- by J.J.Knee, in Bucks Primitive Methodist Schoolroom.

    Note: Manx, Celtic variant of Northern Gaelic and Old-Norse influences, to include Welsh to the east, later some Anglo-Saxon (Old English) influence at the time of Bretwalda Edwin, King of mainland Northumbria.

    Kind regards,

    By Raymond E. O. Ælla. (28/05/2022)
  • Max National Heritage Library & Archives.
    ref. M 42400/2207, classification J.62/BC., Bucks Road Primitive Methodist Grand Eisteddfod,* 18th and 19th of February, 1925.

    *in Welsh and the Manx ancient phonetic-variant language the meaning is a festival celebration, the Manx Primitive Methodists being a Christian festival.

    Kind regards,
    Ray & Marie.


    By Raymond E. O. Ælla. (28/05/2022)
  • The Builder, vol. 76, April 22, 1899, page 395, is.2933:

    PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH, DOUGLAS, ISLE OF MAN. The foundation-stones of the new church in Buck’s-road, Douglas, were laid in the 13th inst. The building will seat 900 persons and the total cost will be about [£] 6,200. Mr. John Wills is the architect and Mr. William Kelly the contractor.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella (22/08/2021)
  • This was my childhood church. I was born in 1960, and very vaguely remember Buck’s Road Sunday School and the move in 1967 to the rather grand ‘Trinity’ (Rosemount). I think Finch Hill also merged, hence the trinity.
    My grandfather Robert Scott of Douglas fought in WW1 and his leather ‘dog tags’ were marked Primitive Methodist. He was wonder by gunfire and invalided out of Belgium back to the Island. This was his church for most of his life.

    By Dr Eleanor Scott (20/04/2021)
  • John Wills of Derby was the architect

    By Colin Dews (28/02/2018)

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