Swinefleet Primitive Methodist chapel

replacing a chapel that was "too small, inconvenient and unsafe": DN14 8DE

The Primitive Methodist magazine for September 1854 contains an account by Henry Knowles of the laying of the foundation stone at Swinefleet Primitive Methodist chapel on the 26th July 1854.  It was needed to replace the previous chapel that was too small, inconvenient and unsafe and was the third Primitive chapel in the village, the first one opening in 1824.  The stone laid was actually the inscription stone from the first 1824 chapel.

The service involved  Rev J Dawson (Howden) and Henry Knowles, and the stone was laid by J Little of Swinefleet, with Captain Moody of Goole.  The celebrations included a procession and a tea where the same leaders spoke, with the addition of R Drucker.

In January 1855 there is a further account from Henry Knowles of the chapel opening which took place from Sunday, October 22nd, 1854.  Speakers at the meetings included T. Penrose from Halifax, H. Knowles of Swinefleet, J. Dodsworth from Bradford, W. Harland from Tadcaster, J. Dawson from Howden, Mr. J. Little, who occupied the chair when he largest number sat down to tea ever known in this village, H. Knowles, R. Ducker, J. Dawson, and W. Harland.

On the Ordnance Survey 1:2,500 map of 1890, a Primitive Methodist chapel is shown on the junction of Low Street and Common Piece and in a similar area on the 1:10,560 map of 1853-5, although the location is less precise on the smaller scale.  Was this the site of the 1854 chapel?

On Google Street View in 2009 the site is occupied by a bungalow.


Primitive Methodist Magazine September 1854 562-563

Primitive Methodist Magazine January 1855 pp.42-43


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  • An ancestor of mine Ernest Alfred Coult the son of Plaxton and Rebecca Paddison Coult of Low Street Swinefleet died of war wounds in France 24th December 1917. His army record states that “A Commemoration Memorial Service held at the Primitive Methodist Church Swinefleet United Kingdom. A large congregation including some of the Swinefleet volunteers”
    No date is given but it must have been late december 1917 or early 1918

    By Vincent Thompson (11/07/2021)
  • Thanks Alan: we’ll pass on any enquiries.

    By Christopher Hill (27/09/2020)
  • Clearing out my late mother-in-law’s loft I found four very pretty children’s books … all were presented by the Swinefleet Primitive Methodist Church to Amy Brigham between 1909 and 1913 for recitation.

    I’d happily pass them along to any descendants and/or anyone with an interest in the church.

    By Alan Thorburn (26/09/2020)

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