St Helens Westfield Street Primitive Methodist chapel

St Helens Westfield Street Primitive Methodist chapel
Christian Messenger 1902/226
St Helens Kirkland Street Primitive Methodist Sunday school
Christian Messenger 1902/226

Westfield Street Primitive Methodist chapel, at the junction of Westfield Street with Kirkland Street, was the head of the St Helens Westfield Street Primitive Methodist circuit. I cannot find an opening date, but we are told in the Christian Messenger that the schools in Kirkland Street opened in 1897.  It replaced a previous building.

Eccleston Parish Council magazine 2005/2006 tells us:

“In 1963 Westfield Street Methodist Church in central St Helens closed for worship and  the building was demolished under a compulsory purchase order. The trustees had already made provision for its continuing life by purchasing a large house with extensive grounds in Burrows Lane, Eccleston.”  That church has also since closed.
The house became a residence for the minister and the lounge served as a place of worship for nearly four years until the present church was built and opened in June 1967 by the late Lady Pilkington.”

The 1902 Christian Messenger tells us:

“The chapel in Westfield Street, though not possessing much outward adornment, is a good building, is well situated, and will seat about 700 persons. It has recently undergone a much-needed internal transformation, viz., the erection of two class-rooms and an organ chamber, the installation of the electric light, and painting, etc. A splendid new organ has just been erected in the church, the whole scheme involving an expenditure of £1,100.”

Reference

Christian Messenger 1902/226

Eccleston Parish Council magazine 2005/2006

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