Newton on Rawcliffe Primitive Methodist chapel

Pickering circuit

Newton in Rawcliffe ex-PM chapel pictured on 15 March 2020
Pat Donnor

The Primitive Methodist magazine for August 1853 contains an account of the opening of Newton Primitive Methodist chapel in the Pickering circuit. I couldn’t find a place called Newton in the area; thanks to Pat Donnor and Philip Thornborow for confirming that it is Newton on Rawcliffe, near Pickering.

The account was written on behalf of the trustees by by A McKechnie (President) and John Milner (Secretary) trustees of the chapel. The society first met in a cartshed belonging to Isaac Harland (?) then in a room that was”very damp, badly lighted and the road to it was through a farm yard.” William Harland who became Superintendent of the Scarborough circuit preached his first sermon there.

A new chapel was opened in 20th and 22nd May 1853.  Land was given by J Young of Stape, J Watson of Pickering made the deeds and T Michelson gave the timber for the roof and sleepers. If everything had been paid for the cost would have been £100; the actual cost was £40. The chapel measured 27′ x 20.5′ and accommodated 100. J Young and S Stephenson collected nearly half of the money.

Sermons at the opening services and tea meetings were preached by William Harland and J Harvey  of Malton.


Primitive Methodist magazine August 1853 pp.496-497

Comments about this page

  • I have added a picture of this ex-chapel supplied by Pat Donnor.

    By Geoff Dickinson (18/04/2020)
  • Thanks Philip for this clarification.  It is shown as located where the village hall currently is – or the small cottage next to it.

    By Christopher Hill (31/08/2018)
  • This chapel would be Newton upon Rawcliffe. It is listed in the List of places of meeting for public religious worship 1867.

    The 1891 OS map shows where it was

    By Philip Thornborow (28/08/2018)

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