York; Monkgate (The John Petty Memorial Church) Primitive Methodist Church

This church opened in January 1903

Interior view of Monkgate Church

In 2014 this church, known now as Trinity Chapel, is still open for worship.

The inscription on the front of the outside reads ‘John Petty Memorial Church’. The Primitive Methodist church in Monkgate was named in memory of John Petty who was a leading figure in the Primitive Methodist Connexion.

The church was built to replace the Ebenezer Chapel in Little Stonegate.The boys of Elmfield College attended this chapel as the Rev’d John Petty was the first governor of the college. When John Petty died in 1868 his memorial service was held in the Ebenezer Chapel before he was buried in York Cemetery.

Photos taken February 2014

Comments about this page

  • I have worshipped in this welcoming church several times when visiting York. The building is also used by the Ark Church. The Methodists did a splendid internal downsizing and refurbishment about 20 years ago but sadly closed on 30th May 2021. I understand that Ark continue to meet in the building for the time being.

    By Robert Little (21/06/2021)
  • Borthwick Institute Archives (part of York University):

    Ref. MR/Y/MKG: Monkgate Primitive Methodist Chapel, York, built 1903, renamed in 1973 The Trinity Methodist Church. It was also known as The John Petty Memorial Chapel (later Church), named after the first governor of the Primitive Methodist College near Heworth, York, the Chapel being near the college. Documents: various for the Primitive Methodists and after c.1932/3 various for Methodists.

    By Raymond E.O.Ella (03/06/2018)
  • The architect was FW Dixon

    By Colin Dews (02/03/2018)

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published.