Skelton Primitive Methodist chapel
Green Road, Skelton-in-Cleveland TS12 2BQ
There’s an account of the opening of Skelton Primitive Methodist chapel (then in the Guisborough circuit) by H Pratt in the Primitive Methodist magazine of April 1866 (pages 236-237).
The society had been turned out of their previous meeting room when property prices rose with the increase in demand in the area, so they erected a chapel that they owned rather than renting.
The exact cost was £259/12/6 and the balance owed at the opening was £67. This was covered by a loan from Mr Stonehouse.
Opening preachers were R Clapham, Rev H Pratt and D Baker. Donors included Jos. Pease, Mr Bell, Earl of Zetland, J Wharton, J Pease MP, G Pease, Captain Challoner, FA Millbank MP and Jos Fawcett.
There are several Skeltons over the country – and four in North Yorkshire/Cleveland alone. The nearest I can find to Guisborough is one on the banks of the Ouse in East Yorkshire. Thanks to Chris Twigg for identifying – by the opening date and the names of folks involved – this one as Skelton-in-Cleveland. See Chris’ comment below.
Primitive Methodist magazine April 1866 (pages 236-237)