Leeds Holdforth Street Primitive Methodist chapel
Holdforth Street, New Wortley
Holdforth Street Primitive Methodist Chapel in Wortley was enlarged in 1879/80. It has an Italianate design of brick and stone by architect T Howdill. It was one of the chapels used when the Primitive Methodist Conference came to Leeds in 1898. A Sunday School was added in 1907.
The chapel closed in the 1950s and was included in demolition and redevelopment plans for the Wortley area. Holdforth Street itself is not on current Google maps.
In the Primitive Methodist magazine, J Jobling describes the laying of the foundation stone of New Wortley Primitive Methodist chapel. Those involved with the ceremony included J. H. Morgan (Independent), S. Hulme (New Connexion), J. Kirsop (U. M. Free Church), J. Harvey, and C. Hallam (Leeds first circuit), J. Jobling and T. Dearlove (Leeds second circuit.). Rev Thomas Dearlove preached, and you can read the full sermon, including an account of the growth of Primitive Methodism, in the magazine.
The stone was laid by Alderman Thomas Botterill and his words show that not all Anglicans feared the growth of the Prims. “I cannot say that I know very much about your body, but I do remember well, when but young, the influence for good, exerted by this community, in the agricultural districts. I do most heartily approve and applaud your diligence and attention to open-air services ; and only hope that the Church of England, to which I belong, having begun may continue in this respect to copy your example, for I am quite sure it will increase its influence and usefulness.”
Thanks were given to “W.Briggs, Esq., and his lady, for the gift of the land and cost of its conveyance to the Connexion”
The actual opening is recorded by TN in the April 1861 magazine. Preachers at the opening celebrations from 2nd December which included tea in the Zion school for 240 included W Briggs (who gave site), H. J. M’Cullock (York), Rev J. N. B. Shrewsbury (Wesleyan), Rev. J. Maylard (Shipley), T. E. Plint, Esq., (Independent), Revs. J. Maylard, J. Harvey, C.Hallam, I. Rumfitt and J. H. Morgan (Independent).
Overall they had raised £225 towards the cost and planned to start a Sunday school
The 1879 Primitive Methodist magazine contains a note recording the laying of the foundation stones for a new Primitive Methodist chapel at Holdforth Street, New Wortley. The chapel would seat 800 and cost £3,000. This presumably is the enlargement referred to above.
Primitive Methodist magazine for June 1860 pages 362-365
Primitive Methodist magazine for April 1861 pages 234-235
Primitive Methodist magazine 1879 page 637