York; Albany Street Primitive Methodist Chapel

Borthwick Institute Archives (part of York University) has the following information about this chapel:

Ref. MR/Y/AS: A wooden mission chapel was erected by the Primitive Methodists in Albany Street, off Leeman Road, in 1884, but it was not until 1900 that a permanent chapel was built on an adjacent site.

Part of the new Victoria Bar Circuit of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, formed in 1883, the new Albany Street Chapel could accommodate 250 people and included classrooms and schoolrooms that could be used as part of the chapel when needed.

Following the unification of the Primitive, Wesleyan and United Methodist Churches in 1932, the Victoria Bar Circuit amalgamated with the city’s Wesley Circuit and Albany Street Chapel became part of a new and enlarged York, Wesley Circuit of the Methodist Connexion.

The chapel was destroyed during the enemy bombing of York in 1942 and the congregation moved into first St Barnabas’ Parish Room, and then into a temporary wooden building until the new Albany Chapel was completed in 1954. The new chapel was situated on Salisbury Road.

The chapel was closed in 1972.

Records include; Register of baptisms, 1915-1972; register of marriages, 1930-1931; property papers, including abstract of title, 1932, copy of conveyance, 1933, correspondence concerning a new building to replace the war damaged chapel, 1944-1945, papers and correspondence relating to war damage claims, 1951-1954, specification, plan, press cuttings and papers relating to new building, 1952-1954, registration documents, 1950-1954, and promise of a grant for the enlargement of the church, 1963; application and consent for the closure of the chapel, 1972


The 1941 Methodist Statistical Return records the building as brick built, seating 182, with a school hall and one additional room.

Comments about this page

  • The 1901 Primitive Methodist magazine of January 1901 (page 76) notes the opening of the permanent chapel to replace the wooden mission hall. It was one of only two places of worship in the rapidly growing new suburb: the other was a small Episcopal Mission. The area was expanding rapidly and the new estate of 35 acres was expected to accommodate up to 10,000 people.

    The chapel site, at the junction of Albany Street with Hanover Street, now has two terraced houses on it.

    By Christopher Hill (05/12/2021)
  • I have a lovely illustrated book called “Our Nellie, or found in the factory” by A M. Hone. It has been awarded to Flosie Housdale or Lonsdale ???
    By the teachers of Albany Street Primitive Methodist Sunday school ,
    For attendance and good conduct
    Jan 1900

    Can you give me any more information on the book, author or the recipient?

    By Dawn Tibble (15/10/2018)

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