Horwich Primitive Methodist mission chapel

The 1893 October Primitive Methodist magazine records the laying of memorial stones for a mission church in Horwich. Horwich as a new railway centre “had suddenly assumed the proportions of a town” so development of the mission was led by by the Manchester District Missionary Committee assisted by WP Hartley rather than rely on limited local resources.

Rev WD Judson was in charge of the mission.

The May magazine tells us that the chapel has been opened.

The 1897 magazine tells us that “the mission at Horwich which has long been a source of anxiety …is prospering …Sanction has been given for the purchase of three cottages on an eligible freehold site.  Two will be altered for immediate use as a preaching room and all will ultimately make way for a second chapel in this thriving little town”

This land purchase appears to give the link to the Mason’s Memorial chapel where memorial stones were laid 4 years later. There is a further chapel at Horwich Moor?


Primitive Methodist magazine October 1893 page 637

Primitive Methodist magazine May 1894 page 396-7

Primitive Methodist magazine 1897 page 153

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