Hollinwood Primitive Methodist chapel

Bourne Street Chadderton OL9 7LX

Chadderton: return from the Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 475 3 1 5
transcribed by David Tonks 2021
Bourne Street, Hollinwood Primitive Methodist chapel, from a bookmark in the Englesea Brook Museum collection
museum’s own collection: ENBPM:2003.009f.
A bookmark from Hollinwood Primitive Methodist chapel from the Englesea Brook collection.
museum’s own collection: ENBPM:2003.009f.

Hollinwood Primitive Methodist chapel in the Oldham circuit opened on August 14th and 15th 1831 when the preachers were Mr Tillotson and Mr J Brittain.  The event is described in the Primitive Methodist magazine by W Taylor. Bro Garner preached at the laying of the foundation stone.

The new chapel measured 24′(w) x 30′(l).

A Sunday School Building opened byJohn Britain  on September 11th 1836. Measuring 24′(w) x 36′(l), it joined up to the chapel and opened into it by sliding doors. Samuel Atterby reports in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

The return from Chadderton Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship was completed by the steward, John Gordon of Hollinwood.  The steward’s address and the opening date of 1831 is strong evidence that this is the same chapel. The return reports that the chapel was located at Tinker Meadows, Collinwood.

The main service on Census Sunday was in the evening when 74 attended, whilst in the afternoon it was attended by only 6.  However in the afternoon there was also a Sunday school with 202 scholars and 17 teachers.

The 1831 chapel was replaced in 1861, on a new site close by, by a larger chapel measuring 13 yards x 13 yards, built of brick with stone facing and side galleries. It cost £900 of which they had raised £300.

The foundation stone was laid in August 1860 by J. D. Worthington, Esq.. Preachers at the opening from March 17th 1861 included W. Antliff (who contributed a description to the Primitive Methodist magazine when the chapel was spelled Hollinwood), R. M. Davies (Independent), T. Jobling, and J. Dumbell. Messrs. Waterson and Metcalf were the contractors.

The chapel closed in 1922. Bourne Street still exists but is now an industrial estate and in 2016 retains its cobbles; it is parallel to Clowes Street.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1832 page 271

Primitive Methodist magazine 1837 page 387

Primitive Methodist magazine July 1861 page 435-436


Comments about this page

  • Further to my comment of 10/4/2018, Hollinwood / Gollinwood is recorded as Collinwood on the 1851 Census return I’ve just added to the page.

    By Christopher Hill (08/03/2021)
  • Please do question what is written Jean!
    The 1922 date comes from the GenUKI website at http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Hollinwood/BourneStPrimitiveMethodist (I should have listed that source on the page). GenUKI also contains a picture. Is that the chapel as you remember it or is the picture an earlier one?

    By Christopher Hill (10/10/2018)
  • Could I question the closing date of Bourne Street Chapel which is documented here as 1922. As I recall it closed as a place of worship approx 1972. I was married there in 1965 . I continued to attend there until it closed.

    Jean Riley

    By Mrs Jean Riley (10/10/2018)
  • I’ve corrected an error in this page on the basis of an account in the Primitive Methodist magazine of a new chapel’s opening in 1861. In the 1861 account the village is spelled without a G in Hollingwood.

    By Christopher Hill (10/04/2018)

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