Keelby Primitive Methodist chapel
Riby Road, Keelby
In the 1837 magazine William Wombell tells us that Keelby chapel opened on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 16-18th October 1836, when the preachers were, on the Sunday Mr A Smith, on the Monday Rev S Marston and on the Tuesday Rev Rowe (a Baptist Minister). The society had organised a petition to Rt Hon. Lord Yarborough, who granted them the land. Thanks were due to to him and also to Mr. F Houlgate of Keelby Grange. The new chapel measured 21′(w) x 33′(l) x 14′(h).
In the Primitive Methodist magazine of March 1851, William Lonsdale gives an account of the opening of a replacement Keelby Primitive Methodist chapel, although without mentioning an actual date. The new one which was built by Mr Tyas, timber merchant of Grimsby. It had a gallery which seated 146 with a further 120 downstairs. The Vestry held 100.
At the opening, the debt was £255, borrowed at 4%. It was regarded as “The best country chapel they had ever seen” and on the basis of their improved accommodation, they planned to start a Sunday School.
Primitive Methodist magazine 1837 page 237
Primitive Methodist magazine of March 1851 pp 175-176