Brawby (Ebenezer) Primitive Methodist Chapel North Yorkshire

This chapel was built in 1838 by voluntary subscriptions.

Brawby is a small village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire.

The Methodist chapel sits within a row of modern houses but once it may have stood on the edge of Brawby on its own. In the statistical records of 1972  the chapel is listed as being built in 1889. Looking at the chapel plaque the date is clearly written as 1838. Which is correct? Looking on Google Map and from a local person’s knowledge the chapel probably closed for worship around about ten years ago. After some neglection it has now been converted into pleasing accommodation.

Photos taken June 2018

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  • Brawby Primitive Methodist Society

    Mr Davison of Malton laid the foundations of the Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Chapel on the 27th April 1838. The village was to be known as “a stronghold of Primitive Methodists”. The Trust Deeds show that the land on which the Chapel stands contains 117 square yards, part of a close called the Croft occupied by Robert Coates elder, Brawby farmer. He conveyed the land for the sum of £2 for the purpose of building a meeting house for the first Chapel Trustees – William Lamb Coates, farmer; George Fletcher, carrier; Richard Coates, farmer; John Norton, labourer of Butterwick; Robert Brown, tailor; Abraham Coates, farmer; Robert Coates, younger farmer. All bar one from Brawby. The cost was £150. When the trust deeds were renewed in 1882, only W. L. Coates was still alive. The Chapel was a simple building, the front showing a doorway projecting between two windows beneath a hipped roof.
    On an exciting occasion in February 1856, the members of the Wesleyan Society also attended service here, having been locked out of their own Chapel by a man who stood guard with an adze and a hammer.
    Ref: They Kept Faith – John Rushton A Beck Isle Museum Publication

    By Pat Donnor (30/03/2020)
  • The Ordnance Survey map published in 1856 clearly shows both Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, so the stone will be correct. https://maps.nls.uk/view/102344533

    The 1851 “Religious Census” will no doubt give further details. if you wish to make a free download from The National Archives website, it will be on the return for Malton.

    By Philip Thornborow (15/08/2018)

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