IN the Primitive Methodist magazine for October 1852 James Pritchard reports that corner-stone of the Primitive Methodist new chapel and school room, Gooch Street, Birmingham, was laid on Monday, August 23rd, 1852.
Rev. Mr. Cheadle, General Baptist minister, offered a prayer and the stone was then laid by John Ratcliffe The Rev. Brewin Grant, M.A., Independent minister of Highbury Chapel in this town, and editor of “ The Bible and the People,” preached a sermon, the detail of which can be seen in the magazine. It gives a clear picture of the purpose of Primitive Methodism – to bring the gospel to “the common people”
The same day, above three hundred persons took tea within the walls of the school-room, which were covered with a spacious tent erected for the occasion. After tea a public meeting was held. The chair was occupied by Edward Heeley, Esq.
Gooch Street chapel was replaced by Bristol Hall on Bristol Street in 1899. It comprised a lecture hall, a mission hall, five classrooms and other rooms. It in turn was closed in 1928.
I am unable to find the precise location of the chapel and Bristol Hall. Can anyone help?