Horbury Primitive Methodist Chapel

near Wakefield, Yorkshire

Trevor Ashton

Ebenezer Chapel was built in 1875 at a cost of £3,310. The first chapel had been built in 1841, and the first Sunday-school building in 1859. In 1907, a new school was built at a cost of £3,329, with seating for 600. For more about the history of this chapel see Horbury Circuit.

A copy of a Primitive Methodist Hymnal was recently given to the British Heart Foundation in Scunthorpe.  Inside is this inscription,

‘Primitive Methodist New Sunday Schools, Horbury. Presented by the Trustees to Mr & Mrs C F Stanger on the occasion of laying Memorial Stones, June 23rd 1906.’

It is signed by William Bennion (Minister), John Goldthorpe (Treasurer), W H Lawrence and D Cave (Secretaries).

added by CH Sept 2017

The first chapel was opened on September 23 1841. It measured 36′ x 31’6″, 25’6″ high and was stone-built. It cost £440. John Brownson describes the occasion in the Primitive Methodist magazine. Names he mentions include Mr Whitworth (Architect); Mr W Sanderson; Thomas Scales (Leeds); J. Sowerby (Flockton, Independents); Bro. T. Holliday; Mr Kilner (Independent); Bro. Brownson; Bro. W. Antliff; Bro. J. Verity; Viscount Morpeth; Viscount Milton; Hon. J.S. Wortley MP.

The article is transcribed by David Tonks in the attached document.


Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1842 March Pages 106-108



Primitive Methodist magazine 1842 p 106-108 transcribed by David Tonks

Comments about this page

  • West Yorkshire Archives Services, HQ, Wakefield branch:

    Ref. WWMC25/C8/4: Horbury Primitive Methodist Circuit Records, e.g., Quarterly Meeting 1866-1932, etc. Circuit Steward Accounts 1866-1932, etc. Circuit Trustees Papers 1899-1932, 1933-1936, Circuit Preaching Plans 1883-1932, 1933-1952, Schedules of Trust Properties 1934-1952. Other documents.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (10/04/2018)
  • The chapel was opened on 23 September 1841; the architect was Whitecroft. School premises were built on land to the rear of the adjacent Wesleyan Chapel.  Both Primitive and Wesleyan chapels have been demolished and the former Primitive Methodist school premises have been altered to serve the present congregation.

    By Colin Dews (02/03/2018)

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