Heckmondwike Batley Road Primitive Methodist Chapel

in commercial use 2012

The first Primitive Methodist to arrive in Heckmondwike was Thomas Holliday, who preached in the High Street in 1821. Within a couple of years there were several Primitive Methodist meetings in the Spen Valley.

They did not own a chapel at Heckmondwike for over 25 years, until in 1848 they bought the former New Connexion chapel in Batley Road.

Following a strong revival there they built a new chapel at the cross-roads above their first premises, and this second Batley Road chapel remained in use until 1975.

There was another Primitive Methodist chapel in School Lane at Dewsbury Moor, opened in 1860 and closed in 1968.

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  • The illustration is of the Methodist New Connexion chapel, lost in the Barkerite secession and then taken over by the Primitive Methodists c1848-9: the façade still shows ‘Methodist New Connexion’ with ‘Primitive Methodist’ carved over it. The Primitive Methodist society was established 1844-5. It was replaced in 1868 by a chapel at Batley Lane End, closed 1975 and then demolished.

    By Colin Dews (02/03/2018)

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