Malton Primitive Methodist chapel

Malton Primitive Methodist chapel
Christian Messenger 1906/328

In the Primitive Methodist magazine, George Normandale tells us about the opening on Wednesday May 2nd 1867 of a new Primitive Methodist chapel at Malton.

The foundation stone had been laid on Wednesday July 11th 1866 by John Hopkins Esq, Bailiff of the borough. After tea for five or six hundred(!), Captain Copperthwaite chaired a public meeting in the Wesleyan chapel. Subsequently there was a large bazaar which raised a notable sum towards the cost.

The first of the opening services was led by Rev T Newsome of Hull, and the opening celebrations continued over the following six weeks. They finished on Wednesday July 3rd with services led by Rev T Waumsley of Driffield and Rev S Antliff of Derby.  And of course a further celebration tea.

The chapel, which seated 500 and with a school room for 200,  was well sited in the middle of town. Plans were drawn up by Mr J Gibson of Malton and all the work was done my tradesmen in the town. The land is on a 99 year lease from the Right Hon Earl Fitzwilliam at a ground rent of £10 per annum.

The total cost was £1,600 of which they expected to raise £900.

On the 1891 Ordnance Survey map a Primitive Methodist chapel is shown on Wheelgate, just south of the Cross Keys pub.  On maps I can access, it disappears between 1938 and 1970.  There is a row of modern shops on the site in 2011.

The 1906 Christian Messenger tells us a little more of the rather unpromising chapel. “Our chapel in Malton is situated in one of the principal thoroughfares, and was built forty years ago. Its school is under the chapel. Four feet below the level of the street, with no light from the rear, and very little from the front, and overshadowed on each of its longer sides by adjoining property, even at noonday in midsummer it requires artificial light. Its two vestries are almost as dull. The lease has yet sixty years to run, and the ground-rent is but £10 per year. A new chapel is out of the question, but £100 could be made to work wonders. The number of members is seventy, and there are over a hundred scholars.”


Primitive Methodist magazine 1867 pages 560 – 562

Christian Messenger 1906/328

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  • It’s like piecing together a jigsaw – thanks for adding this piece Pat.
    One word of warning – just because a place is the head of a circuit doesn’t mean it is large; Primitive Methodists often based a circuit in the place where mission first took root and some of them were very small, such as Pillawell (Pillowell), Wrockwardine Wood, and Brinkworth

    By Christopher Hill (30/03/2020)
  • Malton Primitive Methodist Society
    Malton Chapel was opened on October 13th 1822 by John Verity, then travelling on the adjoining Pocklington station. It immediately became the centre of a wide circuit covering Ryedale and including Pickering, until 1842. Nathaniel West and John Lanta of Hull had preached at Malton and the villages roundabout between September – October 1820, the year in which Malton became a branch.
    Ref: Taken from They Kept Faith – John Rushton Beck Isle Museum

    Perhaps this was the first PM Chapel in Malton and the Chapel built in 1866 the second one to be built. There definitely would have been a Chapel in Malton before 1866 because Malton was the centre of a large circuit.

    By Pat Donnor (30/03/2020)

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