Atwick Primitive Methodist chapel

Cliff Road, Atwick, DRIFFIELD, YO25 8DF

former Atwick Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 2000

Victoria County History tells us that Primitive Methodists had a room at Atwick by 1851, and in 1856 they built a chapel (in the Hornsea branch of the Driffield circuit) there; the opening is described by William Burroughs in the Primitive Methodist magazine. 

A cottage and garden was acquired by Rev T Ratcliffe who laid the foundation stone there on March 31st 1856. On Sunday, July 13th, 1856, the chapel was opened by the Rev. T. Whittaker. It cost £90 of which they borrowed £60 at 4%. Particular thanks were due to to Mr. Ratcliffe, for the land (valued at £5); “to certain of the trustees, for about fifty tons of stone, and all the gratuitous labour connected with it; to Mr. Garton, for the sand dug in his garden; to Mr. Hall, of Hull, for the inscription-stone, window sills, and step; to certain friends, for the pulpit cushion and hymn-book; to Messrs. Gartons, Robinson, Grange, Shorts, Smith, and others, for a great deal of labour, and lending of materials.

It was said in 1865 that almost half of the families in the parish were nonconformist and in 1877 that most of the farmers and all of the labourers were dissenters. The Primitive Methodist chapel had been closed by 1932, when the building was sold;  it was later used as a house but was derelict by 1991.  However on Google Street View in April 2011 it had again been restored as a house.

There is a contradiction between the Victoria County history and Keith Guyler’s notess which accompany his photograph.  He says the Primitive chapel closed in 1987; the Victoria History ways this was the Wesleyan chapel, the Primitive chapel having been sold at the time of union in 1932.

The chapel is located at: TA1911350872


Victoria County History – Yorkshire accessed April 10th 2015

Primitive Methodist magazine September 1856 p.553


Comments about this page

  • My sources also say it closed in 1987

    By Colin Dews (28/02/2018)
  • Details of the opening and the people involved have been added from the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1856

    By Christopher Hill (03/04/2017)

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