Market Weighton Primitive Methodist Church, Yorkshire

built 1828, 1860 and 1902

postcard belonging to Steven Wild
the first Primitive Methodist chapel in Market Weighton - the Ranter chapel Lodging House.
from HB Kendall's Origin and History and of the Primitive Methodist Church

The first Primitive Methodist Chapel in Market Weighton was built in 1828.  Thanks to John Walley for the picture from HB Kendall’s Origin and History and of the Primitive Methodist Church.  In 1851 it had an average attendance, at both morning and evening services, of 140 people.

A second Chapel was built in 1860, and by 1892 the Primitive Methodists also owned the Temperance Hall (built in 1841) which was used for lectures.

Form the date stone, the chapel in the photograph was built in 1902.

notes added 12/17 and 1/18 CH:

The foundation stone for the 1860 chapel was laid on Thursday  November 3rd 1859 by Miss Hodge, her father, Henry Hodge of Hull having given his permission for her to do it. She was the granddaughter of William Simpson of North Cave who built the first Yorkshire Primitive Methodist chapel. The congregation met in the Temperance Hall and sang their way to to new site.

Taking part were Rev HE Daivies (Independent), Rev H Knowles, Rev T Greenbury (Hull), Mr M’Cullock, Revs W Whitby, S Birch. The account in the Primitive Methodist magazine was written by Henry Knowles.

Five months later Henry Knowles described the opening. Ceremonies, including tea for 400 in the Temperance Hall, started on March 4th 1860. Speakers included Revs.W.Whitby, H. Knowles, E.H. Davies, R. Bell, and Mr. F. Brough, Rev. J. Dodsworth (Malton), H. J. M’Culloch (York), E. H. Davies, (Independent) and Rev. R. Bell (Wesleyan minister), from Hull.


Primitive Methodist magazine January 1860 pages 48-49

Primitive Methodist magazine June1860 pages 48-49


Comments about this page

  • A short excerpt from HB Kendall’s book

    Title: The origin and history of the Primitive Methodist Church Volume 1
    Year: 1880 (1880s)
    Authors: Kendall, H. B

    On page 398 there is an image of “Ranter chapel Lodging House” – The Old Chapel, Market Weighton. The text on the page reads:

    At the village of Sancton, two miles from Market Weighton — as Wesleyan Methodists will remember — the venerable Father Jackson, so called by his admirers, and his two brothers, Robert and Samuel, were born. Jackson Wrays “Nestleton Magna”, we maybe quite certain, was somewhere within the radius of the Pocklington circuit, and Primitive Methodists should know that Warter stands on its plan, with its memories of William Sanderson, John Oxtoby, and Thomas Wood, the little shoemaker, hereafter of Driffield.

    There is a slight conflict of evidence as to the person to whom belongs the honour of having first missioned Market Weighton and Pocklington. Herod, in his “Sketches”, claims for Sarah Harrison that she opened both these places, as well as Warter, Elvington* and Riverbridge, in the early part of May, 1819. But Herod does not quote Sarah Harrison’s own words, or give the precise dates, and, moreover, his bias against, rather in favour of, Clowes’ priority in a given case must be borne in mind. On the other hand Clowes words are perfectly clear and the claim made unmistakable: “The next day (May 27th,) I made my way to open Market Weighton. I preached in the market place to well behaved people …

    There is a footnote quoting Herod in his “Sketches”:
    * On large farm at Elvington, resided George and Alexander Bond, who “joined our society at that village, and became great helps in Spreading Primitive .Methodism throughout the whole of the Ouse and Derwent division of the East Riding of Yorkshire. They also rendered great help to the infant cause in the city of York, by becoming responsible for renting the first chapel we took. They afterwards emigrated to Canada West and laboured during life in connection with our missionaries in that part of the world

    By John Walley (14/02/2023)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley:

    Ref. MRM/3/4/1-3: Market Weighton PM Chapel. Trustees Minute Book 1929-1947. A Bank Book 1920s-1943. Sale of Chapel papers c.1950-1957.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (05/07/2018)
  • The architect in 1902 was W.G. Smithson, of Leeds

    By Colin Dews (02/03/2018)
  • I’ve added an account of the opening of the second chapel in 1860.

    By Christopher Hill (18/01/2018)
  • When the foundation stone was laid for the 1860 chapel, a father graciously consented for his daughter to perform the ceremony.

    By Christopher Hill (24/12/2017)

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