Skipton Bridge Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Yorkshire


Unidentified PM Date plaque in Craven Museum, Skipton - but probably from Skipton Bridge Street Primitive Methodist chapel
GW Oxley 2019

The name plaque for an unidentified Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1835,  is displayed in a prominent position in the Craven Museum at Skipton. When I visited the staff had no information as to its provenance. The fact that the plaque is in this museum probably implies that the building was in the Skipton area has been demolished. But where was it?

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  • It could well be Skipton chapel itself. There’s an account in the 1836 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 268) of the opening of Skipton Primitive Methodist chapel on October 26th 1835 – click here for more. Preachers at the opening included Brothers W Clowes, J Hutchinson, J Bywater and W Carthy.
    The chapel was a substantial building, 33 feet wide by 56 feet long and 26 feet high with a gallery at each end and the front side. There were two cottages under the end galleries. The building, including the land, cost £700.
    The account is provided by WL and Skipton was at that point in the Silsden circuit.
    These magazine accounts rarely give any detail of location.

    By Christopher Hill (24/04/2019)

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