Southport Church Street Primitive Methodist Church

'The Jam Chapel'

Southport Church Street Primitive Methodist chapel
Handbooks of the Primitive Methodist Conference 1908 and 1928; Englesea Brook Museum
Southport Church Street chapel Interior
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/518
Southport Derby Road Primitive Methodist schools
Christian Messenger 1904/273

Said to have been built by Sir William Hartley, it was known locally as ‘the Jam Chapel’, because of its links with the jam manufacturer and his family. He actually paid for half the cost of the building, having issued a challenge to the members that he would match their giving pound for pound.  However, he also paid for the increased costs which were incurred when he insisted that oak should be used throughout instead of the usual pine.

Church Street Chapel later became known as St Mark’s Methodist Church, but sadly had to close shortly before reaching its centenary.  In 2005 it became St Mark’s Medical Centre and Pharmacy. As a Grade II listed building, the exterior still stands proudly on the corner of Church Street and Derby Street.

Glorious stained glass windows

Very unusually for a Primitive Methodist Chapel it contains three stained glass windows, in memory of Sir William Hartley, his wife and daughter Christiana, who became mayor of Southport. Their funeral services were all held in this Church.

Derby Road PM Sunday Schools

The Sunday School building next door, known as ‘Derby Road PM Sunday Schools’  was built in 1890, at a cost of £3,000, of which William Hartley donated £1,000. Like the Chapel, it was an imposing building, faced with Accrington bricks and Yorkshire stone dressing.  It was said that 500 adults could be accommodated in one Hall alone, and between 400-500 in the Lecture Hall.

This building is now known as Church House, and used as a further education college.

Photos taken January 2013

OS Map ref:108:SD342172



Transcription of an article in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907, providing information about the church and how it was funded.

Comments about this page

  • I have an ornamental mallet that was presented to my great grandfather Peter Pownall which is inscribed

    Derby Road PM Sunday Schools, Southport. Presented to Mr P Pownall October 8th 1890

    I always assumed it was something to do with the opening ceremony which ties in with the 1890 date given in the article but I have no information about him or why he was presented with it.

    Any further information would be very welcome.

    By Peter Lees (19/06/2019)
  • This page was modified on 31 December 2018 to add a transcription of an article about the church published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1907.

    By Geoff Dickinson (31/12/2018)
  • This was our family church when we were growing up in the 70s and 80s. Myself and my wife were happily married here in 1994.

    Very fond memories of my late Mum and Dad, Jenny and Bob Ashurst, and all their friends from that time.

    By David Ashurst (25/11/2015)
  • I was baptised here in 1953.

    By Jonathan Shepherd (17/06/2015)
  • Would love to hear from you.We are on Facebook.Sandra Pinch Norwich Norfolk

    By Sandra Pinch(Ernie Pinch) (23/02/2014)
  • My cousin found this page and it is lovely to see the church. I knew an Ernest Pinch and I was also in the church choir. My maiden name was Ogden. I went to Sunday school there, brownies and later was a Sunday school teacher to the little ones. Happy days.

    By Jean Statham (19/02/2014)
  • It’s all coming back to me, my cousin is married to Christine Pinch and I was in the choir with her, Duncan Taylor is her husband! goodness what a small world

    By Jean Statham (19/02/2014)
  • I was married at this church in 1965, also I was a Rose Queen one year. I attended brownies here and was a Sunday school teacher here. I read your comment Sandra Pinch.

    By Sheila Pinder was Ogden (19/02/2014)
  • We live next to an old chapel in Lyng,Norfolk.There is an excellent book about the East Dereham Methodist Circuit and telling the history of same and Methodism in Norfolk .I am sure it would be of interest to you.It is by Cyril Jolley.I am sure you will be able to get it through the library service.

    By Sandra Pinch (26/05/2013)
  • This is the church I was married in (1966). Rev. Jones officiated. My husband’s family were members. Mum, Dad and Aunty were in the choir.

    By Sandra Pinch (24/05/2013)

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