Dewsbury Crackenedge Bethel Primitive Methodist chapel

Crackenedge Lane WF13 1RB

In the Primitive Methodist magazine of February 1851, John Bedford, the Steward, and T. Broadbent give an account of the opening of Dewsbury Primitive Methodist chapel in 1850.

Although the Daw Green chapel was only 3/4 mile away, a base was desired in Dewsbury itself.  The new chapel was built of stone; it measured 33′ x 33′ and was 21.5′ from floor to ceiling.  There was room at the back of the site for expansion. It seated 200 people and boasted gass (sic) lighting.

When initially writing this page, I wasn’t sure where the new chapel was located; the magazine article simply says it was “on the north-east side of the town.”.  The Ordnance Survey map of 1851 shows a Bethel chapel on Crackenedge Road, but I could not find it on later maps.

Colin Dews confirms that Crackenedge, Bethel, “opened in the 1850s. It seems to have passed out of Primitive Methodist use with the opening of a new chapel in Wellington Street. It continued as a place of worship and is still standing.”

On Google Street View in 2009 it is shown as Dewsbury Evangelical Church. By September 2014 it is in use by the Euro Children Nursery. In 2015 it is available for let.


Primitive Methodist magazine February 1851 pp 112-113


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