Richmond PM Chapel, North Yorkshire
Wesleyan Methodists had built their second chapel in Richmond (in 1841), superseding one built in 1807, before the Primitive Methodists had formed a society in the town. Leary records the appointment of Primitive Methodist ministers in the town from 1855, but the Primitive Methodist chapel that was constructed in Bargate, just off the town centre, is said to have been built in either 1861 (according to Bulmer) or 1863 (Victoria County History).
Bulmer describes the chapel as “a small plain building, with Sunday school attached” and says that it cost “about £500”. The capacity of the chapel is given as 260, although the 1940 Methodist Church Buildings Statistical Returns say that it seated 158.
Leary records ministerial appointments at Richmond from 1855 through to 1932. However, it seems that post-Union the former Primitive Methodist chapel ceased to be used by the Methodist Church. In 1947, the premises started to be used by the Richmond Operatic Society as a rehearsal venue and storage facility, a function that the building continues to perform today.
William Leary, Primitive Methodist Circuits (1980, Chester), p.308
Thomas Bulmer, Bulmer’s History and Directory of North Yorkshire 1890 (1890, Preston)
Victoria County History, ‘The borough of Richmond’, A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1 (1914), pp. 17-35
Methodist Church, Methodist Church Buildings – Statistical Returns including seating accommodation as at July 1st, 1940 (Manchester: Department for Chapel Affairs, 1947)