Sutton Street Primitive Methodist chapel

London Third circuit

Sutton Street Primitive Methodist chapel was located at 6 Sutton Street, Shadwell. In 1861 G.H.McGill, the vicar of neighbouring Christ Church in Watney Street, says it seated 120, and estimated that the ‘Ranters’ Sunday School’ had 100 attenders; however, the 1864 Primitive Methodist Magazine says it seated 400, but was unsatisfactory because it was in a yard concealed from view by dwelling houses. 

Joseph Toulson contributed a note to the Primitive Methodist magazine in 1853 about the re-opening of Sutton Street Primitive Methodist chapel in the London Third circuit after cleaning, painting and improvements. Congregations were improving – thirteen new members in the previous quarter.

A year later, at the end of 1854, they were at it again; the chapel end wall was taken down and it was made 11′ longer, and the ceiling was raised. A new Sunday school for girls was built behind the chapel – previously they had been teaching “110 female scholars at some distance from the chapel, and at considerable expense.” The changes cost £310 of which they had raised £154.

Reopening celebrations, including tea for 160, started on December 17th. Addresses came from Revs. C. Stovel (Baptist), T. Llewellyn (Wesleyan), and S. P. Black, E.R.S. (Church of Scotland), and G. Lamb, P. Milson, J. Toulson, and G. T. Hall, Primitive Methodists, J.Phillips, sen., W. Cordell, W. B.Miller, and W. P. Hireson.

Mrs. Hawkins on behalf of the Sutton-street Band of Hope, presented the trustees with £5, a new Bible and hymnbook; to Messrs. Walton and Gowland donated £5; Mrs. Gordon collected £10.


Primitive Methodist magazine December 1853 p.752

Primitive Methodist magazine February 1855 p.112-113


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