Northampton Horse Market Primitive Methodist Chapel 1840

The original Horsemarket PM Chapel from the Centenary pamphlet 1934
Supplied by Rod Walker
The second Horsemarket Chapel from 1934 Centenary Pamphlet.
Supplied by Rod Walker

There is an account by R Thompson in the 1856 Primitive Methodist magazine of the re-opening of Northampton Primitive Methodist chapel after the addition of side galleries, necessary because of the growth of the society. The society was allowed to do the work which cost £40 on condition they did not add to the debt; they had raised £30 by the time of the article. Donors included Raikes Currie, Esq., M.P. and the Mayor of Northampton.

Re-opening celebrations including a tea meeting started on May 11th, 1856. Preachers included Rev. J. Bywater, of London, Miss Wilson, of London, and R Thompson.

There is no indication in the article as to where the chapel was.

It turns out that it was in the Horsemarket and in 1872 it was replaced by a larger chapel – see here.


Primitive Methodist magazine August 1856 p.499


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  • Northampton, Horsemarket Primitive Methodist Chapel (i), Northamptonshire
    Horsemarket PM Chapel was opened in September 1840. In 1850 it provided 128 free and 172 other sittings. It was situated on the east side of Horsemarket on the north side of an unnamed lane north of St Katherine Street. It was demolished when the chapel was rebuilt in 1872..
    Northampton Mercury, 12.9.1840
    Ward, GS, The 1851 Religious Census of Northamptonshire, p 103; TNA HO129/168/35
    Francis Whellan, History, Topography, and Directory of Northamptonshire, 1874 p142

    By G W Oxley (17/06/2019)
  • The original PM Chapel in Northampton was Horsemarket, opened in 1840 and pictured in Kendall vol.ii p.417. It was rebuilt again in 1872 and finally closed in 1942 and demolished.

    By Tim Woolley (14/03/2018)

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