Crawshawbooth Primitive Methodist Chapels, Rossendale

Sunnyside and Lord Street


In 1809 Sunnyside Print Works began in Crawshawbooth on land owned by the Brooks family, a member of whom was later to become Lord Crawshaw. Primitive Methodism reached the area about 1826 and for some years worship was held in a single storey building near the bottom of Pinner Lane opposite St. John’s Church. In 1839 the Primitives moved to the ‘Berry Yellow Shop’ premises formerly used for block printing and which according to the 1851 Religious Census was made into a Chaple (sic) in 1848. Hugh Bourne preached in this chapel, which was then known as Sunnyside,  during his visit to East Lancashire in May 1848, and his sermon was on ‘Elijah’. This chapel remained the home of Crawshawbooth Primitive Methodists for 40 years until it was replaced by Lord Street PM Chapel.

Lord Street

Lord Street Chapel opened for worship on Good Friday 1879. It cost £2000. In 1954, Lord Street closed and merged with the former Wesleyan Methodists across the road at Rakefoot. 

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  • I’ve just created a page for the return from Rakefoot Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship. It sounds very much as if it is the chapel described here. How do they relate?

    By Christopher Hill (16/03/2021)
  • The December 1877 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 755) records the laying of the memorial stones for a new Primitive Methodist chapel at Crawshaw Booth in the Helmshore station. We are told nothing more.

    By Christopher Hill (19/05/2020)

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