Ebberston Primitive Methodist chapel

Ebberston.—This is a village in Pickering Circuit, situate about eight miles on the Scarborough road. It is a very old preaching place, but the cause of God among us hao never progressed much. Several things have been in operation to produce this condition. But I am happy to inform your readers that we have kept ” the even tenor of our way,” and the result is, we have found favour in very unlikely and unexpected quarters. A chapel was a desideratum, but to obtain a plot of land for it was the difficulty. However, Divine Providence in this matter led us by “a way which we knew not.” The site being secured, the 9th of August, 1801, was fixed for the laying of the first stone of the building. The day promised little in the morning, and towards noon the rain fell in showers, sweet and cooling. Not withstanding, about twenty conveyances went from Pickering and neighbourhood, carrying “a living freight” (including the teachers and scholars of our town Sunday-school): whose joy was heightened by the disappearance of the watery clouds, and the shining of a clear, warm sun. We processioned the village at half-past two o’clock, and halted on our arrival at the site. The stone was laid by our esteemed friend, Mr. S. L. Armitage, of Leeds, who, after a few unpretending, but appropriate remarks, placed a £5 note upon the stone, as his contribution towards the Building Fund. The Rev. G. Smith (York), T. Dearlove, G. N. Hutchinson, J. Miller ; and Messrs. T. Brown and T. Stephenson, also took part in the service. 

We then adjourned to a spacious tent where tea was provided in a manner highly creditable to our friends at Ebberston. After tea we held a public meeting, which was pleasing and profitable. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. Armitage, of Leeds, and the ministers above named addressed the meeting. The entire profits for the fund were- £14 17s. 6d. Our thank are
tendered to all who came up to our help, and to the only wise God, and true God, be glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Thomas Dearlove.

I can’t find the chapel on old Ordnance Survey maps. Was it short-lived or even never completed?


Primitive Methodist Magazine November 1861 pages 686-687


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  • North Yorkshire Record Office, Northallerton:

    Ref. R/M/P1: Pickering Methodist Circuit Records, to include Wesleyan Chapel Records, Ebberston, 1844-1982, to include the Primitive Methodist Chapel Records, Ebberston, c.1861. 

    Also collection includes Pickering Primitive Methodist Circuit further documents, e.g., Circuit Schedules 1842-1932-1933-1950. Circuit Quarterly Minutes 1845-1832, etc. (Other documents).

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (12/04/2018)

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