Walkden Moor Primitive Methodist chapel
In 1852 Walkden Moor was a hamlet in the parish of Worsley, about three miles from Bolton and eight from Manchester. The Primitive Methodist magazine of December 1852 contains an account by J Peet of the opening of Walkden Moor Primitive Methodist chapel in the Salford circuit.
The society was a longstanding one and the first chapel was built around 1827. The Return to the Census of Places of Public Religious Worship in 1851 shows that it seated 150 people. On Census Sunday there were 160 – 60 of whom were in the Sunday School.
As the society and in particular the Sunday school continued to grow, they decided a new chapel was needed, especially as the old chapel was not owned by the Connexion. A site was obtained from the Earl of Ellesmere’s agent. The old chapel was bought for £90 by one of the friends of the society.
The plans were drawn up by Mr. Davison, a member in the Manchester 2nd circuit of the firm of Dugdale and Davison, builders, who became contractors for the building. The chapel was 12 yards by 14 outside and stood on an elevated plot with a commanding aspect so it could be seen for some miles. The floor is boarded throughout, and the centre utilised the pews from the old chapel. It has a gallery and overall accommodated 500 people. There was also a vestry, “with a boarded floor, fire grate, and boiler”.
On the 12th September, 1852, it was opened. Preachers at the opening services included Rev. Thomas Bennett, of Otley circuit, who came from Walkden Moor, Mr. John Read, Rev. T. Pennington, Wesleyan, of the 1st London circuit, also from Walkden Moor and Rev. T. King, of Bury.
The whole cost is about £589 towards which they had have raised by the opening services, £279. 16s. 3d.. The outstanding debt of £310, which was lent by the trustees, on promissory notes, at five per cent. With a growing congregation they expected the debt to reduce each year.
Later, Memorial Road Primitive Methodist was built on the corner of Memorial Road and Rushton Street. There were cottages on the site which were used for meetings before the church was built around 1900. In 1929 a new building replaced the cottages and became the church which remains on Street View in 2016 as the Citadel of Celestians Cathedral. The original building has been demolished.
I can’t locate the 1852 chapel on available Ordnance Survey maps; do you know where it was or what happened to it? We would welcome pictures of the later chapels