Nottingham Original Methodicals (Primitive Methodist) Church, Priory Street, Lenton
When Henry Roe was five, in 1847, his brothers Thomas and Charles took him to the Eastlyan Sunday School that was next door to the Boat Inn on Priory Street in Old Lenton. He remembers “the clean-washed, clean-dressed and clean-hearted” children singing holy hymns and on the other side of the thin partition there were, “dirty, drunken, howling sinners already in hell.”
The Hall was originally built by the Wesleyan Connexion in 1826 and sold in 1853 to the Original Methodicals (Primitive Methodists) when the Wesleyans built their new church. The Sunday School was included in the sale. The Primitive Methodists, in their turn, built a new church in Abbey Street in 1882/3 and sold the old chapel to Lenton Parish Church for the sum of £225.
Henry’s biography published in 1902 tells us that he attended from the age of 5 until he was 22 and his wife attended from the age of 16 to 26.