Wolverhampton Park Street Primitive Methodist chapel 1865

Park Street, Duke Street

The 1865 Primitive Methodist magazine contains an account of the opening of a new chapel in Park Street, Duke Street which describes it as a replacement for a chapel opened 30 years earlier in Park Street.  You can read about it here.

Wolverhampton New Chapel. —On Monday afternoon, October 31st, 1864, the memorial stone of the Primitive Methodist New Chapel and Schools, now in course of erection, in Park Street, Duke Street, was laid by Mr. Stephen Thompson, of Goldthorn Hill. Before the stone was laid, the Rev. S. Morris delivered an able address, in which he gave an outline of the doctrines and principles which the members of the Primitive Methodist Church entertain. In conclusion, he showed the rapid growth of the denomination up to the present time. Mr. P. Lloyd, in the name of the circuit ministers and trustees, then handed to Mr. Thompson a beautiful silver trowel, bearing a suitable inscription, with which that gentleman proceeded to lay the stone. 

 A public tea-meeting was afterwards held in St. George s Hall, at which nearly 500 persons assembled. After tea a public meeting took place in aid of the funds of the proposed new chapel and Schools, and upwards of £100 were collected and promised during the evening. Mr. Stephen Thompson presided, and there were on the platform the Rev. Samuel Morris, of Bilston, the Rev. W. Wright, of Wolverhampton, Messrs. Fisher, Lloyd, George, Rogers, and other friends, who took part in the evening’s proceedings.

Several earnest addresses were delivered, in the course of which it was said that Park Street was a site much endeared to their memories, for it might fairly be said to have been the birth-place of Primitive Methodism in Wolverhampton, and however they might linger with fondness around the pleasing associations connected with their former place of worship, which had stood there for thirty years, they could not help but rejoice and take courage, for the reason was a grand one which had now caused that old building to be removed and to give place to a more commodious and more beautiful edifice. … Their numbers were greatly increasing …

The new building is being erected from designs and under the super vision of Mr. C. Manton, architect, of this town. The contract is under taken at £879 by Mr. Thomas Jones, builder, of Horsley Fields.

The chapel, when completed, will be entered by an open porch from Park Street; its entire length inside will be 60 feet ; width, 37 feet 6 inches, having galleries all round ; sittings are to be provided for 650 persons, and there will also be a school-room under the chapel 47 feet long by 37 feet 6 inches wide. In the plan the architectural decorations of the front consist of four pilasters of Corinthian proportions, with an entablature, etc. The centre is occupied by a bold archway. The front will be built of best red bricks, and the finishing will be done in Portland cement ; the interior is to be neatly fitted up with pews, having scroll ends, all the wood work to be stained and varnished. The whole will be finished in a neat and tasteful manner, combined with the utmost economy, and considering the densely populated locality in which the chapel is to be erected it will no doubt be the means of accomplishing a great amount of good.”

What happened to this chapel?


Primitive Methodist magazine 1865 pages 179-180


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