Seamer Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Scarborough Circuit

Seamer Primitive Methodist Chapel

“Seamer, The Scarborough Circuit, Chapel Openings, 1858

Seamer is 4-miles South of Scarborough and had a population of 1200 people. Here, Primitive Methodists only had a house to worship in but long-desired land to build a chapel – a request granted by his Lordship of Seamer. On March 1st, 1858, Mr W. M. Boreman laid down the first foundation stone which rapidly erected into a chapel of Norman architecture with a 160 person capacity. This build cost £300, with friends and members raising £136 of the total. On the opening service of Sunday, June 6th, 1858, the preachers had to swap between performing service within the chapel and open-air preaching due to the sheer size of the assembly that attended.”

J. T. Shepherd  The Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1858, p. 559

Ordnance Survey maps surveyed in 1889 and 1926 show a Primitive Methodist chapel on what is now White Horse Lane.  Google Street View shows a modern house on the site in 2023

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  • Further names mentioned in the opening account include:

    Lord Londesborough who made site available; preachers Rev G Mather(Wesleyan), Rev Balgarnie (Independent), Henry Fowler, Rev W Sanderson, W Breman, G Shaw, T Waumsley; teas for 250 provided by Mrs Pennock, Miss Taylor.

    By Christopher Hill (20/01/2018)

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