Market Rasen Jameson Bridge Street Primitive Methodist chapel
Jameson Bridge Street MARKET RASEN LN8 3EW
The Lincs to the past website suggests that the Masonic Hall on Jameson Bridge Street was built in 1800, and was originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, possibly with an associated burial ground. The Primitive Methodists bought the building in 1836 although the society predates this by 17 years. William Wombell tells us that celebration services took place on Sun, Mon & Wed. 14th, 15th & 17th May 1837 and they expected the chapel to do well.
However, in the Primitive Methodist magazine for 1856 the chapel is described as “in a dismal garb of grey” and “repulsive … for want of painting and cleaning”. They set to to put this right – and were so enthused they decided to do further work.
Re-opening celebrations, including a tea meeting, began on 1st of June, 1856, with addresses by Mr. Newsome, from Hull, T. Ratcliife, G. Watkinson, W. Robinson, H. White, and T. Elston.
The chapel was given a new façade in 1866. In fact, everything was to be rebuilt apart from two side walls and part of the roof.. There’s an account of the foundation stone laying for this in the 1866 Primitive Methodist magazine. Speakers were Rev C Ross (Barton), Rev R Harrison and T Giles.. The foundation stone was laid by Mrs T Campbell (Grimsby); bricks were laid by the Mrs W Robinson, Ellis, J Backworth, T Uny,R Turfleet, (and her two daughters), Hand, Thompson, Pickwell and Monney, and the Misses A Robinson, Parkes, Elston and Foston.
The notes with Keith Guyler’s photograph say that Bridge Street chapel served until 1940. It was sold in 1943 and became a warehouse. At the time of Keith Guyler’s photograph it was Market Rasen Masonic Hall. It is still on Street View in 2011.The Lincs to the past website also dates the building as it is in 2016 to around 1890
Lincs to the past website accessed 31st March 2017 at: http://www.lincstothepast.com/Former-Wesleyan-Methodist-Chapel–now-Masonic-hall–Jameson-Bridge-Street–Market-Rasen/234829.record?pt=S
Primitive Methodist magazine 1837 page 454
Primitive Methodist magazine August 1856 pp.498-499
Primitive Methodist magazine December 1866 page 748