John Dawson tells us in the 1869 Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of a new chapel at Blyth, the head church of the Blyth circuit. The ceremonies started on November 22nd 1868. Opening preachers were Revs JA Bastow (Gateshead) J Reed, TB Southron, J Craig, J Barker and J Harrison.
It measured 47’ x 62’ and seated 850. The building cost £1,500 and the land £200. There was room to build schoolrooms and vestries. They had no option to build a new chapel – the old one was over-crowded and there was no room on its site to enlarge.
A Primitive Methodist chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps at the junction of Beaconsfield Street and Wellington Street. The Pheonix Theatre is on the site in 2018.
Primitive Methodist magazine 1869 page 110