Newton Hill Primitive Methodist chapel
Bolus Lane Wakefield WF1 3DT
The 1940 List of Methodist Church buildings contains an entry for two Primitive Methodist chapels in Outwood/Newton Hill:
- Newton Hill Rehoboth chapel: The return tells us it seated 200 people on chairs rather than in pews; it was built of brick and had 1 school hall together with 9 other rooms.
- Outwood Bourne chapel: also built of brick and seating 200 (on forms); there was no separate school hall but 10 other rooms
Ordnance Survey maps show a Primitive Methodist chapel on Bolus Lane. It is there on the 1893-4 and 1908-1914 map editions: by the 1933 map it has moved next door and changed to a building with a rectangular floor plan rather than a square one.
On Street View in 2009 and 2016 it is in use as a Salvation Army shop and centre.
However, I am confused. My confusion is because:
- the West Yorkshire Archives, based in Wakefield, has records from 1880 -1969 for Rehoboth Methodist chapel in Newton Hill – but they name it as a United Free Methodist branch of the Methodist family, rather than Primitive.
- The 1953 1:1,250 Ordnance Survey map shows Reboboth Methodist church on Leeds Road, opposite the Victoria Hotel. On the 1914 OS map it is labelled “UM church” This has a school hall alongside (in accordance with the 1940 Return. On Street View from 2011 there are new houses on the site.
What’s the explanation? I suspect that the Bolus Lane building was Bourne chapel and there is an error in the 1940 List about which part of the Methodist family Rehoboth came from.