Beverley (Wednesday Market) Primitive Methodist Chapel

This chapel was built in 1825

Simon Williamson
Simon Williamson
Beverley Primitive Methodist chapel, Wednesday Market
Steve Wild

This large stone built chapel sat on the edge of the market place It cost over £700 to build and seated 400.

Little is known about the chapel but we know that in 1903 fifty members joined the Passive Resistance League. In January 1904 twenty one of them appeared before magistrates and in 1907 eighteen were still making half  yearly appearances each time more of their personal property being seized.

The chapel was eventually pulled down perhaps in 1957 ?

In its place is a shop now part of the street scene

Black and white photos provided by Simon Williamson

Photos of Wednesday Market in 2009

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  • The original church was built at a cost of £800, seating 400. In 1859, the membership was over 200 and growing. The plot was extended and a larger church was built with 700 seats, designed by Joseph Wright of Hull, who designed numerous ‘Prim’ churches in the East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire area. It included a busy Sunday School of 460 pupils at one time, which was enlarged in 1903. By the 1950’s, after the two world wars, this previously thriving church’s membership was down to around 160. The Methodist Conference was keen for overlapping churches to use their resources more effectively and due to structural issues, Wednesday Market was closed in 1955 and its congregation joined with Toll Gavel. Toll Gavel was also struggling with numbers with a membership of around 110. Wednesday Market Church was sold and demolished in 1956. The site was used for a garage and is now a large Boyes shop.

    By Linda Johnson (07/02/2022)
  • In the Primitive Methodist magazine of January 1849 (page 55), Matthew Denton tells us that the Primitive Methodist chapel at Beverley re-opened on October 21st 1849 after having closed “for the purpose of putting therein side-galleries.

    Preachers included G Lamb (Hull), Revs W Young (Independent) and S Brown (Wesleyan). Collections of £70 almost met the cost of the alterations.

    By Christopher Hill (23/05/2021)

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