Lowton Lane Head Primitive Methodist Church

closed 2010

Lowton: return from the Primitive Methodist chapel to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship. Return no: 467 1 3 3
provided by David Tonks 2021

The first of three Chapels opened in 1842. You can find out more by following this link.

W Rowe writes about the opening of the first Lowton Primitive Methodist chapel in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1842. The full transcript (by David Tonks) is in the document attached to this page.

Opening services took place on Sunday, June 12th, 1842 when Mr T. Unsworth preached in the afternoon, and Mr R. Kaye in the evening. Raising the money for the chapel was not easy.  “Some lime was carted and paid for, but the person who had sold the trustees bricks would not allow any to be delivered without receiving for them ready money” – not an unreasonable position!  The chapel was an immediate success and a thriving Sunday school was quickly established.

The trustees wanted to extend the chapel, but the editor of the magazine counselled against this. “We advise the friends at Lowton not to enlarge their chapel unless they can, beg all the cost, besides reducing the present debt.  Seasons of mighty out-pourings of the Spirit are not generally the times for enlarging chapels, but rather for converting sinners.”


Primitive Methodist Magazine, November 1843 Pages 430-432



account of the opening of Lowton chapel, transcribed by David Tonks from the Primitive Methodist magazine of November 1843 page 430-432

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  • My Primitive Methodists has been contacted by a volunteer researcher tasking part in the Imperial War Museum’s project to record all the country’s war memorials. The quest starts from a 1927 letter in the St Helen’s Archives. The letter was from the Imperial War Museum, London thanking the Trustees of the Primitive Methodist Church and Sunday School, Lane Head, Lowton, Lancashire for their donation of ‘Photographs of Tablet and Roll of Honour in the Sunday School’.

    The Archive Record is here:

    What the researcher would like to know is what happened to the memorial after the chapel closed in 2010? Can you help?

    By Christopher Hill (27/01/2023)
  • Here is the website by Lowton Websites you have our permission to include on the site. http://laneheadmethodistchurch.yolasite.com

    By Alan Nixon (04/09/2022)
  • I’ve added the Return to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship for Lowton Primitive Methodist chapel. It confirms that the chapel was built in 1842. It seated 320 and average afternoon attendance was 200. 160 children attended the morning Sunday school.
    The return was completed by John Unsworth, hand loom weaver.

    By Christopher Hill (21/01/2021)

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