Wath upon Dearne Primitive Methodist chapel
West Street, Wath upon Dearne S63 6PU
The opening of a new chapel in Wath upon Dearne is recorded in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1864, although no precise date for the event is recorded.
The chapel is shown on Ordnance Survey maps from 1882 on the corner of West Street where it turns sharply west at the junction with Montgomery Road.. It disappears from the maps between 1957 and 1970 There is the Rockingham Campus site of the Dearne Valley College on the site in 2009 and 2019 – although it carries a “Sale agreed” sign..
This is the account:
“Chapel opening at Wath-upon-Dearn, Hoyland Station. — At this place we have recently opened a new chapel which had long been needed. For many years a determined effort was made to prevent, if possible, the Primitive Methodists from having a place of worship, and for a time the effort was successful. The society, however, committed their case to the Lord, believing he would open the way, and I am very happy to say they have not been disappointed.
A very eligible site of land has been secured, and a neat chapel erected. The chapel is built of stone relieved with brick bands, which have a very neat appearance ; it has an elevation of seven pews at one end, and a spacious platform at the other. The roof is on the circular principle, and has a beautiful gas light suspended from it.
The total cost is about £400, one-third of which I am happy to say is about raised. We give our hearty thanks to the following donors :—To W. Briggs, Esq., of Leeds, who laid the foundation stone, for £10 ; Mr. D. Carnaby, .£10; Mr. T. Goodeson, £5; Mr. H. Webster, £5; Mr. W. Farthing, £4 ; Mr. M. Simpson, £3 10s. ; Mr. J. Roebuck, £2 10s.; Mr. M. Roebuck, £2 10s. ; and to many others for smaller sums that we have not space to name. That the chapel may be the birthplace of many souls is the prayer of J. F. Parrish.”
Primitive Methodist magazine 1864 page 308