Horsehouse Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel

East Paddock The Row Horsehouse DL8 4TS

Horsehouse, Middleham Circuit.— Dear Brother Harland,— For many years the Primitive Methodist preachers have visited Horsehouse, a small village in Coverdale, about seven miles from Middleham, and have there preached ” the unsearchable riches of Christ.”

In this village many and formidable difficulties have had to be encountered. The prevailing spirit of scepticism, the extensive circulation of spurious doctrine, the unfaithfulness of some who went out from us, because they were not of us, a low and damp school-room, in which the services were conducted, were all barriers to prevent the advancement of the society ; but, last year, the Lord favoured the friends with a revival of religion ; and when I came to the station in July of the present year, I860,’I found the friends preparing to build a chapel.

The work was begun and proceeded within good earnest, and on September 30th, 1860, the chapel was opened for divine service. The Rev. J. Vaughan, of Richmond, preached two sermons on the occasion. The collections amounted to upwards of £5. On Wednesday afternoon, October 10th, 1860, a sermon was preached by the Rev. W. Jackson, of Pateley Bridge.

The chapel is a neat and substantial building, and will seat upwards of one hundred persons. The total cost, exclusive of leading, and some materials which were given, will be about £100, towards which the friends have raised by donations, collections, &c, upwards of £53. May this sanctuary become the birth place of many precious souls is the earnest prayer of S. B. Reynolds.”

Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps of 1891 and 1912 on the road north out of the village, just south of the current cemetery.  By the 1979 map the building with the same footprint is labelled East Paddock Cottage. Is this substantially the same building or has it been replaced?


Primitive Methodist magazine January 1861 page 45


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