The 1901 Primitive Methodist magazine tells us a story
“A singular occurrence is reported in the newspapers from Appleby, the head of the new branch station made from the Kirkby Stephen Circuit, Westmorland. The chapel was built against an embankment along which the water main runs. The pipes burst, saturating the embankment and causing a landslip which burst into the chapel.
It will be necessary to build a new chapel and a site, where, we suppose, there will not be any chance of such an event occurring again, has been secured.
It is uncommonly pleasing to record that the parish clergyman has placed the day school at the service of the society, an act of Christian courtesy and helpfulness which reflects infinite credit on his large-mindedness and generosity. We do not believe that anything will kill dissent, for the reason that it rests on principles that are true and eternal. But if anything would kill it, it is the manifestation of Christian kindness like that of the incumbent of Appleby at a time of special need.”
I’m a little confused. Both the 1897 and 1911 Ordnance Survey maps (i.e. before and aafter the date of the report, show a Primitive Methodist chapel on The Sands, just west of the junction with Garth Heads Road, almost where the Oddfellows Hall is shown on Street View in 2009/2021. Is that the former chapel – the footprint is the same? And what happened to the intention to move to a new site?
Can you help?
Primitive Methodist magazine January 1901 page 76 – 77