Bebside Primitive Methodist chapel
The opening of Bebside Primitive Methodist chapel is described by John Matfin in the Primitive Methodist magazine of May 1860.
The site for the new chapel measuring 60′ x 52′ was provided by colliery owners. The chapel itself measured 40′ x 30′. It had a platform instead of a pulpit.
Although no actual dates are given, we are told that the foundation stone was laid by WR Cole. Speakers at the opening included J. Matfin, Rev. James Dawson and Messrs. J. Barross and R. Cook.
On the 1897 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map a Primitive Methodist chapel is marked on Front Street, opposite the turning to Bebside Furnace Road, although I cannot see it on earlier maps, so it could be a different chapel. There is a Wesleyan chapel (which still existed as a car body repairers in 2008) on the same side of the road, further to the west. The Primitive Methodist chapel is still marked on the 1937 map but not on post war maps. On Street View in 2008 it is an area of scrubland.
Primitive Methodist magazine May 1860 pages 300-301