Bradford Smith Lane - Daisy Hill Primitive Methodist Chapel West Yorkshire

This building was erected in 1902

The first chapel here was built some time around 1835. This chapel has been demolished and the place where it stood can be seen in Photo No.1.    Later in 1877 a Sunday School was built in Daisy Hill Back Lane. In December 2016 this building remains and for the last thirty years has been a dwelling. (Photo Nos 2 & 3). The 1877 chapel and the Sunday School were in close proximity and a graveyard also occupied the site.

It is presumed that the demolition of the first chapel coincided with the building of the new one in 1902. (Photo Nos 4-6) This is a large impressive construction now sadly closed for worship. Closure probably took place in the mid 1980s but in 2016 it had already been converted into apartments.

The graveyard area has been partially landscaped.(Photo No.9) Some grave stones stand erect while others are propped up against the boundary wall. One of those standing commemorates the ‘Greenwoods’ a family deeply committed to the Primitive Methodist Society in Smith Lane.

Photos taken December 2016

OS Map Ref:104:SE132347


Comments about this page

  • The 1903 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 413) comments that “Daisy Hill new chapel is a splendid and inviting place”

    By Christopher Hill (16/01/2023)
  • Picture 1, to the left shows three tall terraced houses; I lived at no 1 from 1960 to 1970. My parents bought it in Feb 1960 from Wrights. I’ve been told that our family has long deceased relatives buried in this graveyard.

    By celine coulton (21/03/2021)
  • The Primitive Methodist magazine for 1837 page 182 contains an account by JD of the chapel opening in 1836. It measured 27′(w) x 39′(l) and had a house attached to chapel. A Sunday school was planned.
    Preachers at the opening included Bros. Sanderson, Day & Wm. Garner

    By Christopher Hill (13/05/2019)
  • West Yorkshire Archives Services, Bradford branch:

    Ref. 17D88/1/81: regarding Registration for the Solemnization of Marriages, Daisy Hill Primitive Methodist Chapel, 16th Jan., 1904.

    Ref. 29D89/15-16 (BC89029): Daisy Hill, Salem Primitive Methodist Chapel Records. Trustees Minutes 1885-1932, 1933-1969. Graveyard Accounts 1908-1932, 1933-1939. Trust Accounts 1908-1932, 1933-1939. Leaders Minutes 1882-1932, 1933-1968. Society Accounts 1931-1932, 1933-1970. 

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (10/04/2018)

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