Craike (Crayke) Primitive Methodist chapel

West Way Crayke YO61 4TE

The Primitive Methodist Magazine for December 1852 contains an account by H Leigh of the opening of the Primitive Methodist chapel in Craike (Crayke).

When Mr Leigh was appointed in 1851 services were not held in Crayke but he started to preach in the open air in the centre of the village and later in a house. After canvassing house to house, a class of ten members was formed. Mr. B. Ward, of Scarleton, Malton circuit, “an old member and warm friend”, kindly gave a piece of land in an excellent situation and the chapel was built. The chapel is 24 feet long outside, 18 feet wide inside, and 13 feet 6 inches high. It is built of brick with a boarded floor.

This chapel was opened on August 29th and 30th, 1852, by H. Leigh and Sergeant Simpson, and on September 5th by Mr. Oliver, from Northallerton. The opening services were further continued on October 4th, by a public tea-party, which, notwithstanding the wetness of the day, was well attended.  

The entire cost of this chapel, including the value of land, deeds, carriage, and all other things, was £111 towards which they had raised about £50. Special thanks were due to Mr JB. Ward, for the land; to Messrs. Leeman and Clark, for the deeds; to the farmers and friends for leading the materials; and to the collectors and donors for their liberality and kindness.

The chapel is still marked on Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 maps of 1911 but is not on any later maps I have access to.  It is not recognisable on Google Street View in July 2011.  What happened to it? 


Primitive Methodist Magazine December 1852 pp.743-744


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