Newcastle upon Tyne, Elswick Primitive Methodist chapel

Strickland Street

the former Strickland Street Methodist chapel in May 1966, when it was Elswick Methodist Church.
image copyright of Newcastle City Council, Planning & Transportation Archive, used with permission (2023)
Elswick Primitive Methodist chapel

The memorial stones for a new chapel and school in Elswick were laid in 1886. It was in the Newcastle Second circuit.

The cost was estimated to be around £1,500 for premises that would accommodate 300 worshippers and 200 children.

Where was this chapel and what happened to it?

Thanks to John Walley for prompting the research that showed the chapel was in Strickland Street. How did we find out? By searching this My Primitive Methodists site and finding a reference to it in Primitive Methodism in Newcastle and Gateshead,  an article in the Primitive Methodist Magazine.  It tells us that “A cause was also established at Elswick, and met for many years in an old joiners’ shop, removing thence in 1887 to Strickland Street, which was built at a cost of £1,500, and seats about 300.”

John locates the chapel at – 54.96527  /  -1.64454 (OS grid reference NZ22856345) and reports that nothing remains of the chapel building, which was part of the 1970’s slum clearance.  In 2023 Google satellite view shows it as a cleared area between Beaumont Street and Westmorland Road


Primitive Methodist magazine January 1887 page 60

Comments about this page

  • I’ve added, with permission, the picture of the chapel in May 1966 from the Newcastle City Council, Planning & Transportation Archive, sourced by Ian Briggs. Ian comments that “the photo is taken from the Wylam Road side of the church, Strickland Street is off to the right down a steep hill. The locals seem to have called it the Strickland St Chapel, I guess because the front is on Strickland Street.”

    By Christopher Hill (10/11/2023)

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