Darwen Primitive Methodist chapel
Redearth Road, Darwen
Rev Tillotson writes in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1833 to record the opening of Darwen Primitive Methodist chapel. Opening services were held on Thursday and Sunday, 02/08/1832 & 05/08/1832. The preachers were Revs J Hague (Independnet) and S Nichols(Independent) on the Thursday and on the Sunday, S Tillotson and J Nicholson.
Primitive Methodism started in Darwen in 1819. Until 1825, services were held in the open-air, at the bottom of Bury Fold Lane, before a room above a stable was acquired on Water Street.
In 1828 Mr Greenway Esq gave land for a chapel and a ‘burying place’ but trouble with raising the money initially delayed the work.
The new chapel measured 36′(w) x 42′(l). It seated 130, and had a gallery and two school rooms underneath.
An unusual but fascinating source of more information is the Archaeological Post-Excavation Assessment Report for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council conducted as part of the redevelopment of the site, published in 2011. It reports that the chapel was later enlarged and then replaced.
There is more information about the opening of the chapel and the development of Primitive Methodism in Darwen here.
Primitive Methodist magazine of 1833 page 28
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (2011) Archaeological Post-Excavation Assessment Report accessed online August 2017 at https://library.thehumanjourney.net/1481/1/Redearth_FullReport%20for%20LCAS.pdf