West Allotment Primitive Methodist chapels 1868 and 1904

1868 Allotment Primitive Methodist Chapel in centre of image
John Walley 2020
1868 West Allotment Primitive Methodist chapel from the east
John Walley June 2021
1868 West Allotment Primitive Methodist chapel
John Walley June 2021
1868 West Allotment Primitive Methodist chapel from Benton Road
John Walley June 2021
The third West Allotment Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1905
John Walley 2020
West Allotment Primitive Methodist chapels 1868 and 1904

I have been documenting the history of the village I live in and found we have three Methodist chapels. The village (now mostly new housing) is West Allotment in North Tyneside. A long story about the name. When the Tynemouthshire moor was divided as part of the Enclosures Act, this particular enclosure allotment was just called “the Allotment”, nothing to do with garden plots. When a new mining village was built around 1900 just to the west, the canny folk just called it West (of the) Allotment.

You can read about the first chapel here.

The second chapel served from 1868 until 1905 and is a converted brewery building

After its closure the second chapel continued to provide facilities for the community, becoming the village hall, then community centre, still used to store event equipment for a local charity called the Shiremoor Treat. I have not been able to find a local keyholder to take an internal photographic record, the property is on land which belongs to the Duke of Northumberland’s Estates company

A few more snippets from my own research added on 10 June 2021.

Custom must have dropped off as it closed as a chapel and had a new life as the first community centre. Outside is interesting, just wonder what is left inside that can be recorded before it falls down. West Allotment United Methodists Chapel – Dated 1868 on plaque but a Primitive Methodist chapel is present on 1861 OS map at the same location – the 1832 Allotment chapel. In 1905 it became a community hall (a new chapel was built nearby). Stone, hip-ended Welsh slate roof, porch on west, blocked windows on south, windows on north with old margined coloured glazing.

The third, smaller chapel was further west on Benton Road.   Built in 1904, it seated 70 people. An unusually small chapel of brick with stone dressings. It is still labelled on 1968 Ordnance Survey maps. but was no longer a church by 1998. Now it is in residential use as Church House.


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  • You can read a bit more about the start of this chapel here.

    By Christopher Hill (09/06/2021)
  • We have a second smaller chapel on the same road a few hundred meters west of the Allotment Chapel. Now converted into a house. It was still active in the early 1970’s and quite a few people remember going to the “chapel”.

    To be verified, but it seems the original Allotment Chapel became too large for the congregation and this much smaller building was built as an alternative on land which belonged to the Backworth Mining Company. The Duke of Northumberland estates would have been abstracting a considerable rent for the older building. Large, difficult to heat and maintain may have also been considerations. Plus it sits abutting a public house, which has enjoyed some notorious incidents, murder just outside being one.

    OS Ref: 55.0277449205087, -1.5129794469481657

    By John Walley (07/06/2021)

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