Dartnall, William

architect of Plaistow and North Woolwich Primitive Methodist chapels

Bookplate - presented to William Dartnall by Chrisp Street Primitive Methodist Sunday school.
Linda Edwards 2023

Thanks to Linda Edwards (nee Linda Dartnall) for sharing her links to Primitive Methodism.  Linda writes:

“I have links to the Primitive Methodist churches in Plaistow through my three times Great Grandfather, William Dartnall.

I have his Bible which was presented to him by the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, Crisp (Chrisp) Street, Poplar on 20 Jun 1864. He is also listed as an architect and involved in building two chapels. I have photos of Two presentation Trowels. One was inscribed “Presented to Mr W Dartnall by the Trustees of the Plaistow P M Church on the occasion of his laying a memorial stone September 1883″.   Another read “Presented to Mrs Dartnall by the trustees of the North Woolwich Primitive Methodist church on the occasion of her laying a memorial stone November 3rd 1879″ (note: given the date this may have been Selina).

Sept 7 1883 Chelmsford Chronicle newspaper lists Tenders for building the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Plaistow of which Mr Dartnall was the architect –

  • Howard, Canning town £710 :
  • East Plaistow, £679:
  • Mears Plaistow £625:
  • Cornish Hale and Hart Barking Rd, £510 :
  • Mansfield Stratford £467 :
  • Keen Plaistow accepted £460:
  • Horlock Barking Rd, £446.

I am unsure of how he became an architect. He had numerous jobs from Labourer to sign writer, clerk, storekeeper, bootmaker in Canada?, then an Architect. My father recalls seeing architects drafting tools when he was young but is not certain if they may have been Williams.

I believe he was quite involved with the churches.

William Dartnall must have acted as minister at Mary Street Primitive Methodist Church, Canning Town, baptising a number of children of his own (he had 18) and others.  In one Baptism at St Stephen’s Clapham Park, Newham on Dec 1 1878 he baptised his own son and his granddaughter on the same day.

  • Richard Soloman Elijah son of William and Selina Dartnall 13 Rathbone St Canning Town Storekeeper baptised by William Dartnall.
  • Same day Minnie Victoria daughter of Bybe John William and Mary Dartnall of 12 Stanley Rd, Stratford Angle Iron Smith was baptised by William Dartnall – her grandfather.

He also Baptised Albert Walter Ray who seems to have been an orphan who he adopted or cared for and who travelled with his family to Canada.

Linda wonders if anyone may have any other information or be interested.

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