Bedlington (Bredlington) Primitive Methodist chapel

North Shields circuit

The Primitive Methodist magazine for 1829 contains an account by G Herod of the opening of what it calls Bredlington Primitive Methodist chapel. Opening services took place on Sunday and Monday, 10th and 11th July 1828.

The new chapel measured¬†27′ (w) x 39′(l) and they had started a Sunday School.

From the comments on this page Bredlington is in fact Bedlington as the detail of the opening fits with other sources.

In 2023 the chapel still exists in residential use.  Thanks to John Walley for the photographs.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1829 page 33

Bedlington Primitive Methodist chapel

Comments about this page

  • The 1841 OS 25″ map shows a primitive methodist chapel on the present Front Street (West End – A193)


    Looks to be in good condition and a private house? Photograph pending.

    By John Walley (08/02/2023)
  • Thanks Cliff. It might be a simple transcription error from the original handwritten account or an unofficial local variation.

    By Christopher Hill (05/02/2018)
  • As a former employer of the former Wansbeck District Council, I can confirm that the settlement of Bedlington, Northumberland was never officially spelled with an ‘r’. The full title of the town was Bedlingtonshire, being one of those areas in Northumberland which came under the jurisdiction of the Prince Bishops of Durham. The town gave it’s name to the Bedlington terrier breed of dog.AG9

    By Cliff Occomore (04/02/2018)
  • I’m convinced! I’ve amended the name on this page.

    By Christopher Hill (11/09/2017)
  • The Return for the Census of Religious Worship 1851 relating to Bedlington Primitive Methodist Chapel, Northumberland (TNA HO 129/558/2/2/12) states that it was erected in 1828, although alterations were being carried out in 1851, which may explain why there were no services on Census Sunday.

    By David Tonks (09/09/2017)
  • W M Patterson says that the first church in Bedlington was opened in 1828. I’ll continue to look for other evidence Christopher. Thanks for your postings.

    By George Scott (08/09/2017)
  • It might be George – but I’ve been proved wrong so many times when I have changed a name as written in the Primitive Methodist magazine to something recognisable now.  It needs a bit of evidence to confirm it, such as a common date or name.  All evidence and suggestions welcome!

    By Christopher Hill (06/09/2017)
  • Is it Bedlington-without the r?

    By George Scott (05/09/2017)

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