Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel

Water Lane, Ruswarp, Whitby YO21 1NL

front view of Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel
Pat Donnor December 2022
left hand side of Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel
Pat Donnor December 2022
right hand side of Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel
Pat Donnor December 2022
The remains of the datestone on Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel
Pat Donnor December 2022
Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel

Thanks to Pat Donnor who spotted that Ruswarp chapel was not on My Prims.   The former chapel, located at X 489008  Y 509341 is now a house called ‘Old Chapel’.

Pat reports that  the Chapel was built in 1910 alongside a footpath which is now called Water Lane but is still basically a footpath hence the difficulty  photographing the building.

The only information that Pat has is as follows :-

The Primitive Methodist Chapel at Ruswarp opened in 1910 when Ruswarp was included as part of Whitby; it was within half an hour’s walking distance across the footpath by way of Fitz Steps and the Bog Hall Fields.  It was always spoken of by the Primitive Methodists as one of their three ‘home churches’.
Ref: East Side/ West Side Story The Origins, Development and Culture of Whitby Methodism
Christopher K Metcalfe   Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University    ( Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society Annual Report 2011

The 1940 Methodist Statistical Returns records that Ruswarp Primitive Methodist chapel was brick built with seating for 150 on pews plus 1 other room.

In an article celebrating a century of Primitive Methodism in Whitby, the Christian Messenger of 1921 tells us :

“The circuit has never lost its spirit of adventure, and of recent years a new Chapel has been built at Ruswarp, a pretty village near Whitby. It was built ten years ago, and some were doubtful as to the wisdom of the venture but it has been fully justified. We have thirty members, a Sunday-school and C.E., and a healthy and promising Church”

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