Whitgift Primitive Methodist chapel

Whitgift, GOOLE, DN14 8HL

the second Primitive Methodist chapel at Whitgift
Keith Guyler 1999
Bob Pearce, 2018

Whitgift is a long linear village alongside the River Ouse.  The first Primitive Methodist chapel was opened in 1834. It was followed in 1860 by the chapel in the photograph.  

The 1851 Religious census in March 1851 which was completed by Jonathan Leaper the steward, shows that the average attendances were 50 in the mornings, 52 in the afternoons and 86 in the evenings.  The Sunday School had 50 attendees in the mornings and 52 in the afternoon.

The second chapel was built following a revival in the village in 1858-59. The foundation stone was laid on August 23rd 1860 by J Pepper of Yokefleet on land provided by J Leaper. Preachers at the opening series of services included H.J. M’Culloch, Esq., of York and Revs G. Shaw, of Hull, J. Mules, of Brigg and E. Morton, of Goole.  

The new chapel measured 37′ x 28′, seated 200 and cost £266, including a debt of £70 on the previous chapel.

On Google Street View in 2009 it appears as Whitgift chapel, although it is not clear whether it is still Methodist or even that it was still in use.  

It is located at SE8212823007.


Primitive Methodist magazine March 1861 page 170


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  • East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley: Ref. EMG/396/6/7 , 15th May 1924. Photographs of the laying of the foundation stone of Whitgift Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Reverse of postcards annotated with details of the ELLA family. 10 pieces/items.

    Ref. EMG/396/6/1, year 1931. Primitive Methodist Sunday School annual report form relating to Whitgift. 5 teachers, 47 scholars, secretary Mr. Henry Ella.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (17/12/2018)
  • I took the attached photographs [see above] of Whitgift Primitive Methodist Chapel on a recent cycle ride. The building sadly appears abandoned. I believe it was still in use only a few years ago.

    By Bob Pearce (20/05/2018)
  • In the winter of 1858 and the spring of 1859, we were favoured with a gracious revival of religion at Whitgift, in this circuit. The youthful and the aged, the morally decent
    and decorous, and the avowedly ungodly and profane, were awakened and converted to the truth ; our number in society was doubled, and the small chapel in which we had  worshipped upwards of twenty years was too small to accommodate the numbers who wished to attend our services. – JT Shepherd PM magazine 1861/170

    By Christopher Hill (26/03/2018)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley: Ref. zEMG/393/3: Certificate of Primitive Methodist Chapel, Whitgift, as a place of religious worship (copy), 18th April 1860. Amongst Ref. zEMG collections there is also Goole Methodist Circuit Records and they include some pre 1932/3 Primitive Methodist Records for various PM Chapels, including more PM Chapel documents for Whitgift. Ref. zEMG/393/4: Conveyance of land at Whitgift for building of a Primitive Methodist Chapel (photocopy of front deed only), date 18th July 1860. Ref. xEMG/393/6/4: Plan of proposed Sunday School, Whitgift, for the Trustees of the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Feb. 1924 (copy).

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (26/03/2018)
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Archives & Local Studies, Beverley:

    Ref. EMG/3-6: Swinefleet Primitive [Methodist] Circuit, to include Whitgift Primitive, 1832? to c.1932-4.

    Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (02/01/2018)

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