Allotment Primitive Methodist chapel

But where was it?

The 1832 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account by T Jackson of the opening of a Primitive Methodist chapel at a place called simply “Allottment”.

But where was it?  Searching various gazetteers did not identify a place and we don’t get from the account the usual information such as the circuit the chapel was in that would enable it to be tracked down.

What we do know is:

  • the chapel opened on 26 February 1832
  • preachers at the opening were Mrs Jackson, Rev Stowell and T Jackson
  • it measured 18′(w) x 30′(l)
  • T Taylor built it free of expense
  • the society had 43 members
  • they planned to start a  Sunday school very soon
  • there was no other church in the village

Thanks to the comments below, I think we can now confidently locate this page within Northumberland.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1832 page 229

Comments about this page

  • Reading an interesting article today about the election of Liberal MPs in Northumberland, I came across a reference to a meeting being held at Allotment Primitive Methodist chapel. Upon further reading, this was later renamed Backworth Church Street PM

    By Richard Jennings (22/08/2020)
  • The OS Map is dated Surveyed in 1858 and published in 1865. If the records in the Newcastle Records office state that the Benton Allotment Chapel opened in 1904 then has there been two Chapels at this site. Is the Records Office Chapel showing theat a new Chapel replaced a older Chapel.

    By Paul Wood (06/10/2019)
  • West Allotment PM Chapel (near Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne), opened about 1904 and closed around 1983. Records relating to the chapel are held at Tyne & Wear Archives under reference C.SH1.

    By Richard Jennings (Newcastle District Archivist) (24/09/2019)
  • Thanks Paul; that seems a reasonable identification

    By Christopher Hill (30/08/2019)
  • There is a place called Allotment to the North East and in the suberbs of Newcastle On Tyne. A PM Chapel is marked on the Western Edge of West Allotment on the early OS Maps near a place called Benton Square. Sadly development and obvious names of places moving with the development mean I canot give you an exact NGR.

    By Paul Wood (28/08/2019)

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