Brandesburton Primitive Methodist chapel

Little Burton Brandesburton DRIFFIELD YO25 8QN

former Brandesburton Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 2000

Victoria County history of Yorkshire tells us that in 1856 Primitive Methodists bought a former (1809) independent chapel in Little Burton Lane. Previously the Prims had used a house for worship since 1839. The story of how they got up the courage to acquire the new chapel is given more detail by John Burroughs in the 1856 Primitive Methodist magazine.

They were anxious about acquiring the disused Independent chapel because they had unsuccessfully tried to rent it and thought it would cost them over £200 to buy.  I fact, they bought it for £100 with an extra £10 for deeds, cleaning and other bits and pieces.  It accommodated 115. They struggled to reach the required finance; “We have raised, altogether, about £30, and shall not give up begging till the one-third is secured (though we are building another chapel in the station, which makes rather against us in the begging department).

Opening services were held from 13th March 1856.  Preachers were Miss R. A. Wilson, of Hull; the Rev. T. Ratcliffe,of Market Rasen; and the Rev. T. Greenbury, of Driffield. Particular thanks were due to “Rev. T. Ratcliffe, for his kindness and liberality; to Mr. W. Harrison and family, and Mr. Lyon and family, for the praiseworthy efforts they have made.“ 

The society enlarged the former Independent chapel in 1863.  

A new Methodist church was built in Main Street c. 1937, after the union of the Methodist congregations and it was still used in 1993. The former Primitive and Wesleyan chapels were sold in 1938 and later used as private houses.  The former Primitive chapel is now called Wesley House.


Victoria County History – Yorkshire accessed on line April 10th 2015

Primitive Methodist magazine June 1856 pp.371-372


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  • I’ve added more detail about the 1856 opening and the people involved.

    By Christopher Hill (28/03/2017)

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