Bradford Horton Lane Chapel

Congregationalist chapel borrowed by the Primitive Methodists

Horton Lane chapel
Primitive Methodist Conference Handbook 1911

This chapel was used for the Great Missionary Day event at the Primitive Methodist Conference held in Bradford in 1911.  However, I can find no reference to it in any of the usual sources, including JG Terry’s account of the development of Methodism in Bradford listed below.  It is shown in the drawing as a most impressive place

And the reason is because it was not a Primitive Methodist chapel as the comments below confirm; other venues, such as Eastbrook Hall, were used to accommodate big Conference audiences.

I am not able, either, to identify where Horton Lane is.  Is it an old name for Little Horton Lane?  Does the chapel still exist, or any evidence of it?


1999 Terry J G The Causes and effects of the divisions within Methodism 1796 – 1853 PhD thesis, University of Huddersfield accessed online January 27th 2016 at sets out the story of the development of Primitive Methodism in Bradford and District

Comments about this page

  • quotes were invited to demolish the chapel Bradford Observer 24 Feb 1955

    By Becky (10/04/2023)
  • This offers some more information about the chapel …

    By HC Quiney (06/03/2022)
  • This was Congregationalist.  The chapel has long been demolished but the rear ancillary premises are in use as commercial premises.

    By Colin Dews (01/03/2018)
  • Thanks for providing the final piece in the jigsaw Janet.  

    I wonder whether the Revolution building on the burial ground is linked to the idea of turning in one’s grave?

    By Christopher Hill (03/07/2017)
  • I have identified where this chapel was. In fact the Sunday School attached to the chapel, visible beyond the main building in your picture, still exists and is at the corner of Little Horton Lane and Chester Street. Old maps of 1891 at 1:500 show that the chapel had seats for 1400 so it was indeed a substantial building. The land it stood on now has a small bar and a paved area between the Sunday School and the nearby garden. The burial ground contains a building called Revolution on Google Street View. 


    By Janet (02/07/2017)
  • Thanks!

    By Christopher Hill (12/06/2016)
  • This chapel was a Congregational Chapel.

    “In the year 1863 a new chapel was opened of considerable magnitude and imposing appearance…….”

    Ref: Congregationalism in Yorkshire, James C. Miall, 1868

    By John Anderson (11/06/2016)

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