Blyth Cowpen Quay Primitive Methodist chapel

Beaconsfield St, Blyth NE24 2DS

Blyth Cowpen Quay Primitive Methodist chapel
Christian Messenger 1902/290
Cowpen Quay: Return from the Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
transcribed by David Tonks
Blyth Primitive Methodist chapel

The Return from Cowpen Quay Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship states that the chapel had only just opened on May 5th 1850. It had attendances of 70 and 90 on Census Sunday and a Sunday school of 76 scholars

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 but 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 Phoenix Theatre is on the site in 2018.

The 1900 November Primitive Methodist magazine records that the society at Cowpen Quay had decided to build a second church and society in the town – but tells us nothing more.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1869 page 110

Primitive Methodist magazine November 1900 page 876

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  • The Builder, vol. 93, issue 3377, 26th 0ct., 1907, page 449 :
    CHURCH REBUILDING, BLYTH.- A scheme of reconstruction has been begun at Cowper Quay Primitive Methodist church at Blyth. The structural and other alterations together with the installation of a pipe organ are estimated to cost [£]800.*
    The plans are by Messrs. Davidson & Sons, architects and Messrs. Gordon Bros., of Stakeford are the contractors.
    * estimated before final build cost.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella (26/08/2021)

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