Thorpe Audlin Primitive Methodist chapel

Thorpe Audlin Primitive Methodist chapel

Thanks are due to Raymond Ella who found a catalogue entry for the records of this chapel

West Yorkshire Archive Services : WWN246/C6/34, Thorpe Audlin Primitive Methodist: Records including trustees treasurer’s accounts 1844-1974, trustees meetings 1925-1967, report and valuation re: sale 1979.

On investigation it became apparent that the deposit and the list conflates the records of two places of worship in this small village near Pontefract. Most relate to the Wesleyan Methodist chapel, and a page has been created on My Wesleyan Methodists for that cause. There was, however, also a Primitive Methodist chapel, or place of worship in the village.

The Ordnance Survey record the building on a 6 inch map in 1849, in the position shown in the modern map on this page. This chapel is not listed, however, in the 1851 Religious Census. Another source discovered by Mr Ella states that a Primitive Methodist chapel and school in Thorpe Audlin were enrolled as a charitable trust in 1862. The building had been registered for public worship by 1867. No such chapel is mentioned in Kelly’s Directory of the West Riding in 1881. Neither does it appear on the 1891 25 inch map, or any subsequent map of the area.

Despite the efforts of our volunteer editors no record has yet to be found of the opening of this chapel, or any account of the Pontefract Circuit, in which it was undoubtedly situated. The only Circuit plan on this site is the last one, by which time this cause was long gone.

We appear to have a chapel which was open for about twenty years in the mid-Nineteenth century. Any further information would be gratefully received.


List of places of meeting for public religious worship, certified to the Registrar General by 30th June, 1867

32nd Annual report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records (1871) Vol II Appendix II p 977

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  • This page has been updated in response to previous comments.

    By Philip Thornborow (20/06/2022)
  • Additional :
    Navie (Navvie, etc.), Wesley/Wesleyan Primitive (Primitive-Wesleyan, etc.).

    Mooney* surname in Yorkshire : rare before late 18th century, indigenous to Ireland, earlier O’Maonaigh, the O’ meaning of/from or son of, another example O’Riley and other scribe-forms. In Scotland Mc and Mac meaning son of, etc, examples being McDonald, in England a popular surname is Richardson.
    *not the religious group Mooneys; respectfully mentioned.

    Irish Methodist ministers were helpful with translation when in England amongst Irish Navvy families who left their home land for various reasons to include the potato famine, not only bread being “the staff of life”.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (17/06/2022)
  • Good morning Philip.
    The following for your perusal and assessment :
    Book to be read via Google books: The Thirty-Second Annual Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records , 23rd February 1871, pages 82, 161, 924 and 977, referring to Thorp/Thorpe Audlin and Badsworth/Bradsworth, Thorpe Audlin in Badsworth Parish.

    J. Wolffes book : Yorkshire Returns of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship, etc., he listing two terms for Methodism for Thorp (e) Audlin, i.e., Primitive Methodist and Primitive Wesleyan.

    The following may or may not have a relevance :
    Some Irish came to Yorkshire areas and worked on construction of canal waterways and called “Navies”, etc., they being “navigation workers”, later these Irish helped to construct the train railway lines.
    They were from various religious backgrounds, e.g., Catholic and Primitive-Wesleyan,* etc.

    * The Primitive Wesleyan Society of Ireland was establish about c.1818; to be in compliance with John Wesley’s primitive biblical basics.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (17/06/2022)

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