Edinburgh Victoria Terrace Primitive Methodist chapel


Victoria Terrace Edinburgh Primitive Mthodist church

On April 1st 1866 a new Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in |Edinburgh’s Victoria Terrace. J Vaughan recounts the events in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

Previously the society met in Phoenix Hall until they built the new chapel, schoolroom and minister’s house.. The total cost was £1,500 of which £930 had been raised. Joseph Fawcett (Sunderland) gave the glass. Preachers at the opening events included T Parsons (Whitehaven), S Brock, Rev James, John Holt Skinner and many more!

Raymond Ella has found a detailed description of the chapel when first built in The Builder, page 788, November 4th 1865.

It is now a listed building and a full description is on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

The Primitive Methodist magazine of  1901 tells us that the “Newington Institute in Edinburgh has  been bought by the Missionary Society and thither, in a short time, the little Church that had hitherto had a home in The Terrace will remove.” The building cost £10,500 and alterations were expected to cost another £1,000 but the result would be magnificent  – a large hall for 1,000, small hall and numerous rooms.


Primitive Methodist magazine July 1866 pages 433-434

Historic Environment Scotland website accessed May 4th 2019 at:   portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB47902 

The Builder, page 788, November 4th 1865 accessed September 17th 2021 at:


Comments about this page

  • The National Archives ( formally The Public Record Office ) : The Edinburgh Primitive Methodist Church letter of address to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee, year 1897.
    ref. PP1/599/2, ( earlier ref. 2136 ), Privy Purse Office.

    By Raymond E. O. Ælla (06/03/2022)

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *