Swinton Primitive Methodist chapel

There are two accounts in the Primitive Methodist magazine of chapel openings at Swinton.

1821 magazine:

Swinton Primitive Methodist chapel was opened on Sunday August 20th 1820. Preachers at the opening were John Oxtoby and Samuel Laister.  John Oxtoby wrote about the opening in the Primitive Methodist magazine.

The new chapel was in the Hull circuit so was almost certainly in Yorkshire. The problem is that there are at least three Swintons in Yorkshire, never mind the Greater Manchester one and three in Scotland.

1845 magazine

This time the magazine locates Swinton as two miles north of Malton in an account by Thomas Crompton. It is probably the same Swinton as the 1821 magazine as the account declares “for many years we have met in the lower part of a dwelling house fitted up for the purpose” which is very typical of early “chapels”.

The plot for the new chapel was given by Bro G Tesseyman of Caulton.  The new chapel measured 22′ x 24′

Opening services took place towards the end of 1844 when Joel Hodgson preached.  The building cost £71/15s/4d and at the time of opening, despite the poverty of the members,  they had raised all but £46/17/1.

Trustees included Messrs Masterman, Thurnham and Warters of Malton.

In the three months after the opening 15 new members were added to the society.

Ordnance Survey maps show a Primitive Methodist chapel on the east side of West Street, still marked in 1926.  I cannot see it on Street View.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1821 page 70

Primitive Methodist magazine 1845 page 167


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