Dudley Primitive Methodist chapel
Dudley Primitive Methodist chapel was opened on Sunday, Monday and Friday 1st, 2nd and 5th November 1829. Preachers were Br. T Foster on the Sunday, Br S West on the Monday and Rev J Hudson (Independent Minister) on the Friday.
There had previously been society in the town for 10 years which met in a rented building. That building was too small so the society saved money over 4 years and in 1828 bought a piece of land. Despite a lot of opposition they commenced building on 24th June 1829. They also started a Sunday school.
The new chapel measured 30′(w) x 48′(l) x 40′(h) and J Morish reported the opening in the Primitive Methodist magazine.
Where was this chapel and what became of it?
In the 1842 Primitive Methodist magazine T Batty tells us that:
Dudley circuit is only about eight miles in length, and about the same in breadth; but in these parts there is a great population, and we have thirty-two places on the plan, eighty preachers on the ground, and one thousand three hundred and forty-four members in society, and eighteen chapels within this small compass; and the work is going on. The increase during the last five years amounted to seven hundred and thirty-two. Yours in the Lord.
Brierly Hill, Dec. 27, 1841.
The society continued to prosper and in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1850, J Middleton tells us that on December 25th the chapel was re-opened after the addition of galleries and an orchestra behind the pulpit for the choir. Opening preachers included Miss Buck of Leicester, Rev W Burrows (New Connexion), Dr Melson (Birmingham), Bro Higginson and J Middleton.
Primitive Methodist magazine 1830 page 362
Primitive Methodist magazine 1842 March page 132-134
Primitive Methodist magazine March 1850 page 181