Mow Cop Primitive Methodist Memorial Chapel 1860
Primitive Street, Mow Cop
This chapel in the historic village of Mow Cop was built in 1860 and enlarged in 1882. It replaced the earlier one of 1841 – you can read more about the 1841 chapel on this page.
In 1902 the plaque from the original chapel was placed in the wall of the present day building which in 2015 is still open for worship
Photos taken August 2012 and December 2015
OS Map Ref:118:SJ855571
note added CH Feb 2018
The foundation stone ceremony was reported in the September 1860 Primitive Methodist magazine. The stone was laid by Capt. Alderman James Meek, Esq., of York. The architect was R.Gibson, of Congleton and the contractor was S. Booth of Red Bull.
The chapel cost £900 and measured 1,089 square feet. It was on two floors with the chapel above and school beneath.
Those present at the opening included J Hunt, Rev J Dodsworth, W. Hodge, (Sheriff of Hull), E Foizey, J. Fawcett
note added CH April 2020
The 1882 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an extended piece about the need to renovate Mow Cop chapel. The fact that it was a tall building in an exposed position meant it suffered from storms and was in need of renovation. They decided to make it more suitable by lowering the walls and removing the gallery so the roof was less exposed, and compensated for the loss of accommodation by making the chapel longer.
The local society of 50 members could not afford the expected expense of around £1,000 as the membership consisted mainly of poorly paid miners. However, because the chapel was on the site of the first Prim camp meeting it was felt that the Connexion should take responsibility. The 1883 magazine confirms that the “neat and commodious” new chapel has been opened.
Primitive Methodist magazine September 1860 pp.556-558
Primitive Methodist magazine 1882 page 637
Primitive Methodist magazine 1883 page 379