Burn is one of several Primitive Methodist chapels in the Selby circuit written about by Parkinson Milson in an article in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1867.
“Burn,.—This is a small village two and a half miles from Selby. It was missioned by brother J. R. Parkinson in 1861, and a society formed of three members. In 1865 I applied to J. Hutchinson, Esq., of Selby, a member of the Society of Friends, for land whereon to erect a chapel. After expressing his belief that as a community we are doing much good, he appointed a day for me to meet him at Burn, and the result was his handsome gift to the connexion of 80 square yards of land, in one of the best situations in the village.
At this time we had only five members, and very few regular hearers, in a house ; but on October 6th the foundation stone was laid by Mr. J. Longbottom, and the Rev. J. Mules preached a suitable sermon ; and, after a public tea, addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Mules, T. Whittaker, M. Graves, and the writer. On the 4th and 11th of February, 1866, the chapel was opened by P. Milson and the Rev. R. Cheesman.
This very pretty chapel was designed by Mr. J. Wright, and its dimensions are 27 feet by 22 feet, and 14 feet from the floor to the ceiling, with a frontage to the main street of 30 feet, enclosed with iron palisades ; the principal front is faced with white stock bricks. The roof overhangs the walls, is covered with slates, finished with ornamental eaves-boards and gables, and spouted with iron spouts. It is lighted by four large circular-headed windows, glazed with obscured glass. The pews are elevated, and together with the free seats will seat 114 per sons. Instead of a pulpit there is a platform with circular front. The pews have all leaning backs, with book boards, and are of red deal, stained and varnished.
The cost of the chapel, with lamps, deed,etc. , is £211, towards which we have raised £83. All the sittings are let, and though some said there was no need for the chapel, nine-tenths of them were let to persons who had not sittings elsewhere ! We have now fifteen members, and one person converted in the chapel has gone into eternity praising Jesus.
I cannot see a Primitive Methodist chapel on late Nineteenth century Ordnance Survey maps of the village. Where was the chapel and what happened to it?
Primitive Methodist magazine of 1867 pages 375-376