Ingoe Primitive Methodist chapel


Ingoe Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1997
Ingoe: Return from the Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship
transcribed by David Tonks

The chapel was built in 1848 although there is a stone inscription dating it to 1818. The opening is reported by R Davies in the Primitive Methodist magazine. Opening celebrations started on July 9th 1848.  There is further detail in the Return from the Primitive Methodist chapel in the 1851 Census of Places of Public Religious Worship.

William Patterson tells us the following about people linked to Ingoe Primitive Methodist chapel:

“Ingoe had a chapel as early as 1848. The Brodie, Harrison, and Proudlock families gave this village church strength and status long ago, and there are yet Harrisons to look after the concerns of the rural society. George Richardson, a remarkable man, also dwelt at Ingoe some years ago. Matthew T. Pickering says Richardson was noted for two things: his knowledge of the Scriptures was wonderful, and he was a seer. William Dawson, of Blyth, a native of Matfen, and one of Richardson’s spiritual children, writes :—“Put him in your history, and say he was a man of God, who, being dead, yet speaketh in the heart and life of one among many he led to the Saviour, nursed in the faith, and set before him high ideals of Christian service.” Strange stories of an occult character are told about Richardson and Ralph Ramsey, of Bavington, and his wife. Ralph was singularly quaint and of great spiritual insight. He was of the band referred to by Mrs. Porteus, all of whom were held in high esteem for their consistency and goodness.”

The chapel closed and in 2013 there was an application to turn it into a house.



Primitive Methodist magazine September 1848 page 562

Patterson WM (1909) Northern Primitive Methodism  Dalton, London accessed February 1st 2015

Comments about this page

  • I have already mentioned my family and links to the chapel,And further research into my ancestry shows that my links go further back in time,And that my Great-Great grandfather Thomas Proudlock was born in Ingoe in 1815.

    By Thomas Proudlock (21/12/2021)
  • The William Dawson mentioned was my Great Great Grandfather who it seems was quite a poet as well as a devout man of the church. I also have links with the Proudlock family. It is wonderful to know that work is being done to keep this history alive. I’m just sorry I don’t have any photographs of William to share.

    By Elaine Dykes (29/07/2021)
  • My great grandfather Bertie Head was a member of this congregation in the 1870s. He lived at the Mill.

    By Janine Hurse (09/05/2020)
  • My grand father Mathew proudlock was born in Ingoe,I’ve only just recently found out about this, And my family connection to the Parish church, And the surrounding area.

    By Mr Thomas Proudlock. (05/01/2020)
  • Was the request to make the Chapel a house aceeped and approved or rejected. 

    By Alison Beattie Ford (20/08/2018)

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