Tadcaster Primitive Methodist chapel

Hull circuit

Tadcaster Primitive Methodist chapel entry in the 1851 Religious Census

There are at least two accounts in the Primitive Methodist magazine of the opening of a Primitive Methodist chapel in Tadcaster.

The first account is of a chapel opening on September 27th 1820. Preachers at the opening were Nathaniel West, Sister Woolhouse Brother Farrar and John Woolhouse, who wrote the report.

The second account reports that Tadcaster Primitive Methodist chapel was opened on Sunday and Monday 26th and 27th December 1830. Preachers at the opening were Brothers Clowes & Holliday on the Sunday and Brother Clowes on the Monday.

The new chapel was galleried at the front.  Prospects had “become more cheering”.

The opening is described by Richard Saul in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1831.

In the Religious Census of 1851 Rev John Harvey, the minister, reported that the average congregation was 50 in the afternoon and 120 in the evening.

Hillside Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1864 with the architect Joseph Wright of Hull, at a cost of £1,008. There is an account by T Giles of the laying of the foundation stones on March 25th 1864 in the Primitive Methodist magazine of June 1864. 

The chapel closed in 1962 and was demolished some 10 years later to make way for the Hillside estate. Was Hillside chapel built on the same site as the 1820 or the 1830 chapel? There is a picture of Hillside chapel on the Tadcaster Methodist church website; click here.


Primitive Methodist magazine 1821 page 95/6

Primitive Methodist magazine 1831 page 253

Primitive Methodist magazine 1864 June page 253

Comments about this page

  • West Yorkshire Archive Services, Leeds branch :
    ref. LC?O2411, Tadcaster Methodist Circuit, records c.1829 onwards, baptisms from 1836, to also include Primitive Methodist circuit records, and/or ref. WYL1019, Tadcaster PM Hillside records 1901-1932, 1933-1962, – (1992 -?). To also include Sunday School documents.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella. ( Ælla ). (15/06/2022)

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