There’s an account of the opening of Skelton Primitive Methodist chapel (then in the Gainsborough circuit) by H Pratt in the Primitive Methodist magazine of April 1866 (pages 236-237).
The society had been turned out of their previous meeting room when property prices rose with the increase in demand in the area, so they erected a chapel that they owned rather than renting.
The exact cost was £259/12/6 and the balance owed at the opening was £67. This was covered by a loan from Mr Stonehouse.
Opening preachers were R Clapham, Rev H Pratt and D Baker. Donors included Jos. Pease, Mr Bell, Earl of Zetland, J Wharton, J Pease MP, G Pease, Captain Challoner, FA Millbank MP and Jos Fawcett.
It’s all very well having the account from the magazine, but where on earth is this Skelton? There are several all over the country – and four in North Yorkshire/Cleveland alone. The nearest I can find to Gainsborough is one on the banks of the Ouse in East Yorkshire. Is that it? I cannot find the Prim chapel on Nineteenth century Ordnance Survey maps of this Skelton, although there is a Wesleyan chapel marked on late nineteenth century maps. Where was the Prim chapel and what happened to it?
Primitive Methodist magazine April 1866 (pages 236-237)