Cranswick Primitive Methodist chapel

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Cranswick Primitive Methodist chapel

The Primitive Methodist magazine tells us of the laying of the foundation stone for Cranswick Primitive Methodist chapel – just three years after the foundation stone was laid for a chapel in the Hutton part of the joint parish, and three years after the new Wesleyan chapel on Main Street was opened.

Both the Wesleyan chapel and Hutton Primitive Methodist chapel still exist on Street View in 2010.

This is the account of the stone laying: I bet the neighbours loved the striking clock!

“FOUNDATION SERVICE, CRANSWICK, Driffield Circuit.— The foundation stone of a new chapel was laid here on Good Friday, by Mr. Peter Knaggs of Wetwang, in the presence of a large concourse of the members of society and others. The Scriptures having been read and prayer offered by the Revs. J. R. Parkinson and C. G. Honor, of Driffield, Mr. T. Escritt, of Cranswick, followed, and in an eloquent and practical address, he narrated the origin and progress of the cause at Cranswick. The Rev. T. Waumsley, of Hull, then addressed the assembled multitude with great effect, after which a public tea was provided of which more than 650 persons partook, the whole of the provisions being gratuitously supplied by ladies of the congregation.

At seven o’clock a public tea meeting was held in the Wesleyan chapel, and ably presided over by Mr. D. Horsfield, of Lund. Addresses, which were well received by the crowded audience, were then delivered by the Revs. J. R. Parkinson, J. Scruton, and T. Waumsley, of Hull, S. Birch, and C. G. Honor.

During the day a bazaar for the sale of useful and ornamental articles was kept open, the various stalls of which realized the following sums, viz.—Mrs. W. Bowe’s stall, £16 4s., Miss H. Leefe’s ditto, £15 5s., Mrs. J. Barmby’s ditto, £12 17s., Mr. U. Nicholson’s ditto, £0 17s., Mrs. T. Barmby and Miss E. Smith’s ditto, £7 6s., total £61 9s. The proceeds of the tea, £31 2s. The public collections, including £5 by Mr. P. Knaggs, and £15 by Mr. T. Nicholson, of Watton Grange, £35 0s. 5d., making a total of £127 11s. 5d.

The costs of the undertaking are estimated at £430, of which sum, including £93 12s. 10d. before contributed, £221 4s. 3d. have already been obtained.

As Cranswick possesses no public clock, and as the chapel is beautiful for situation, central, and fronting the village green, the trustees have decided to place one over the front entrance of the chapel, which will remind the inhabitants of the flight of time by striking aloud the hours of the day and night. The cost of the clock will be £45, the whole of which sum, in addition to the sums before named, has been collected or promised.

The thanks of the trustees are hereby tendered to the ladies who presided at the trays and stalls, to Messrs. P. Knaggs and T. Nicholson for their donations, and to all friends who have in any way assisted. And now to Him whose kingdom shall have no end be glory ever more. Amen. J. R. Parkinson.”


Primitive Methodist magazine 1864 page 501

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