Bradshawgate Primitive Methodist Chapel

Leigh, Lancs

Bradshawgate Chapel, Leigh | Archie Earl's Collection
Bradshawgate Chapel, Leigh
Archie Earl's Collection
Inside the Chapel | Archie Earl's Collection
Inside the Chapel
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New Empire Cinema (1950's) | Archie Earl's Collection
New Empire Cinema (1950's)
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Windermere Road Chapel and School during demolition | Archie Earl's Collection
Windermere Road Chapel and School during demolition
Archie Earl's Collection

The Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bradshawgate, Leigh Lancashire.

The Primitive Methodist cause commenced in 1834 with a school in Bradshawgate, a new chapel was erected in 1869. This chapel was purchased by Leigh Corporation (the council) in 1903 as part of it’s town improvement programme the congregation moved to new and larger chapel and school in Windermere Road in 1904 at a cost of £10,000. However these buildings no longer stand.

The site on Bradshawgate was cleared and The Empire Hall was built and used as a cinema, this was later rebuilt as a purpose built cinema called “The New Empire”.

This was in turn demolished and replaced by Lennon’s Supermarket, then Iceland, followed by the job centre.

One of the founders of the cause was George Okell, who was a temperance campaigner who’s family lived in High Leigh, Cheshire and hosted Wesley’s meetings, were instrumental in the founding of the “Independent Methodist Church” My maternal grandfather Alfred Okell was a relation of theirs.

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  • There is an account by S Tillotson in the Primitive Methodist magazine (1836 p.345) of the opening in November 1834 of Leigh Primitive Methodist chapel in the Bolton circuit.

    By 1835 the society had 90 members with a Sunday school of 30 teachers, 100 boys and 90 girls so room for 200 was added, with the chapel so built that “at light expense” they could make room for another 200.

    Where was this chapel and what happened to it?

    By Christopher Hill (15/05/2017)

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