The return from the Primitive Methodist chapel in Drake Street, Rochdale to the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious worship was completed by Robert Kaye, the minister who lived at 49 Great George Street, Rochdale. He reports that the chapel was erected in 1842 and was a sizeable building, holding over 540 people.
Three services were held on a Sunday: attendance in the morning was 100, in the afternoon 140 and in the evening 300. There was a morning Sunday school with 120 scholars.
The return locates the chapel in the parish of Rochdale, the township of Castleton and the hamlet of Marland. Where was the chapel and what happened to it and its people? I cannot see a Prim chapel on Drake Street (a continuation of Manchester Road) on late Nineteenth Century Ordnance Survey maps.
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Chris Wells took up my challenge and researched the history of two Primitive Methodist chapels in Drake Street – the one in the 1851 Census was the second chapel on the site. You can read part of the story in Chris’ comment at the foot of this page Chris identifies the site as 60 Drake Street, OL16 1PB which in 2021 is shown on Street View as occupied by Rochdale Connections Trust,
You can read what Chris found in his fuller research in the two documents here to download.