Newton Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

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Newton Hill Primitive Methodist chapel

The 1940 List of Methodist Church buildings contains an entry for  two Primitive Methodist chapels in Outwood/Newton Hill:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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  • The Rehoboth chapel was indeed an old United Free Methodist prior to amalgamation in 1932 along with St John’s(Wesleyan which was on the opposite side of Leeds Road. and the Primitive Methodist which was in Bolus Lane. They all formed part of the Wakefield Circuit. I was christened in Rehoboth in 1932, The cricket ground showed on the map belonged to Rehoboth and continues today even though the chapel was sold when they merged with St John’s to become Parkside Methodist Church Bolus Lane and Lofthouse Gate Chapel s also closed. There some photos of chapel activities on the ;OutwoodRemembered Site a historical group for Wakefield.

    By Harry Clay (29/01/2020)
  • We’ve had a request for help from Margaret Rist:
    “I am trying to find a photograph of the Rehoboth Chapel that was in Outwood, Wakefield and wonder if you might be able to help me? One of my aunts [Nora Isaac]was christened there in March 1911 and the family presumed that other siblings were christened there too [including my father] as they lived in the area for many years. My research is on my paternal family and I would like to add photos etc of significant events in their lives.”

    By Christopher Hill (18/01/2020)

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