Allenheads (Bethel) Primitive Methodist Chapel Allendale Northumberland

This large stone built chapel was erected in 1848

Allenheads (Bethel) Primitive Methodist Chapel Allendale Northumberland
Allenheads (Bethel) Primitive Methodist Chapel Allendale Northumberland
Allenheads (Bethel) Primitive Methodist Chapel Allendale Northumberland
Allenheads (Bethel) Primitive Methodist Chapel Allendale Northumberland
This building sits behind the chape. A local man says this is the remains of the first chapel to be built here.
This building sits behind the chape. A local man says this is the remains of the first chapel to be built here.

This was a very large chapel built in a time when the population of this area was much greater. Now we look at it and say ‘Why ever did the ‘Prims’ erect such a large place for worship?’  The plaque unfortunately is un-readable.

It closed in 1952. It was used by the YHA and by 2015 it has become an outdoor  education centre – Allenheads Lodge.

Photos taken August 2015

OS Map Ref:87:NY853461

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Allenheads was first served by a chapel opened on August 28th 1841. The occasion is described in the Primitive Methodist magazine of August 1841 by J Moore. It is transcribed by David Tonks in the attached document. 

Names mentioned include W. Lonsdale (Bradford); J. Burroughs and Bro. Wilson (Superintendent).  The chapel was converted from three dwelling-houses. Was this in the same location – the hamlet of Dirt Pot – as the 1848 chapel in the light of the comment about the building at the rear of the 1848 chapel?

(added by CH Sept 2017)


Reference

Primitive Methodist magazine of August 1841 pp.339-340

 

Downloads
account of the opening of Allenheads chapel, transcribed by David Tonks from the Primitive Methodist magazine of August 1842 page 339-340

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