Lower Cudworth Primitive Methodist chapel

Barnsley circuit.

The foundation stone for Lower Cudworth Primitive Methodist chapel was laid by Samuel Hockaday of Barnsley. The ceremony which took place on October 17th 1859 was followed by tea for 150 and a public meeting in a “waggon shed, tastefully fitted up for the occasion”. The meeting chair was C Howard of Brierly Manor.

“On February 12th and 19th, we opened our Cudworth chapel with sermons, on the former day by R. Smith, and on the latter by C. Howard, Esq., of Brierley Manor, Wesleyan. On the 21st, we held an interesting tea-meeting. It is the neatest and the best small chapel that I have seen within the extent of my travels. Mr. S. Hockaday, who laid the corner stone on the 17th October last, has rendered us substantial service, by collecting for us £17 from various gentlemen in this neighbourhood. Our outlay is between £170 and £180, towards which we have raised more than £60. Souls have been saved therein, and it is likely to do well.”

Robert Smith tells us about both occasions in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

A Primitive Methodist chapel is marked on the 1893 and 1906 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey maps on White Cross Road, just opposite the end of Low Cudworth. It is not marked on the 1931 map. Was this the same chapel? Is there any evidence of the chapel building? You can’t see on Street View.


Primitive Methodist magazine December 1859 page 745

Primitive Methodist magazine June 1860 page 359


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