Barnsley, School Street, Stairfoot

The Chapel was built and opened in 1888

Stairfoot Chapel Sunday School
Sunday School foundation stone

Stairfoot is one of the southern suburbs of Barnsley. When the Chapel was opened (1888), it was in the Barnsley Primitive Methodist Circuit  until 1892. The Chapel was then transferred into the Barnsley First Primitive Methodist Circuit  from 1892 – 1934. From 1934 until 1971 Stairfoot (PM) Chapel was in the Barnsley West Methodist Circuit.  The final move in 1971 to closure of the Chapel was into the Barnsley Methodist Circuit. The Chapel closed for worship on August 20th 2000. (information kindly given by Barnsley Archives & Local Studies)

In the year 1932 on the 11th June Mr Herbert Allen laid a foundation stone on behalf of the members and friends of the Chapel  to start the building of the Sunday School Hall. This is either behind the Chapel or beside it, according to where you stand in School Street. The School building had one large hall and two smaller rooms.

After the Chapel closed in August 2000, Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum was presented with two small models of Stairfoot Chapel and the Sunday School building. They were originally made by  Chapel members in the 1960s to help fund raising for maintenance and repairs to the buildings. They are exact copies of the Chapel and School Rooms even down to the right number of chairs in each room.

In 2014 a planning application was put into the local council for permission to demolish the Chapel and School Rooms and replace them with a block of small apartments. In 2022 the Chapel and School Room are still standing  in a slightly sad state of  repair.

All photographs taken in 2022.

OS Map Ref: 111: SE370047

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