Harwood, Tottington Road Primitive Methodist Church, near Bolton

Built 1890

postcard belonging to Revd Steven Wild
Harwood: return from the Primitive Methodist Sunday school to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 468 6 4 6
provided by David Tonks 2021

This church was built in 1890, but the Primitive Methodists began preaching at Harwood Lee, near Bolton, in the summer of 1837. A Society was formed, which met in the home of James Maden. When he moved away, the infant church rented a house, using one room for preaching, and the other three rooms for the Sunday School, which opened on 7 April 1839.

Before this church, known as Tottington Road, was built, the church was known as The Hephzibah Chapel.

In 2009, Tottington Road merged with Longsight Methodist Church to form a single Harwood Methodist Church. Longsight Church was closed and converted to a community hall, and worship has continued at Tottington Road. Pictures of the interior, and plans for its redevelopment can be seen on the church website.

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  • I’ve added to the page a transcription of the Return from the Primitive Methodist Sunday school in Harwood to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. This was probably the forerunner to the 1890chapel.

    By Christopher Hill (06/02/2021)

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