Bury, Heywood and surrounding area Primitive Methodist chapels

chapels in Bury, Heywood and the surrounding area.
Chris Wells 2023

John Bartholomew’s 1887 Gazetteer of the British Isles (in ‘A Vision of Britain’) described Bury like this:

Bury, parl. and mun. bor. and par., SE Lancashire, 11 miles NW of Manchester …township, pop. 39,283; … is situated on an eminence between the Irwell and the Roch, and is a clean, well-built town.  The staple industry is the cotton mfr.; but there are also extensive works for bleaching, calico-printing, dyeing, engine-making, and the making of machinery; there is still some woollen mfr.; and in the district are coal pits and stone quarries.’

And Heywood like this:

Heywood, a town and a chapelry in Heap township .. a sub-district in Bury district, Lancashire. The town stands on the Rochdale canal, and on the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, near the river Roch, 3 miles E of Bury; was, towards the end of the last century, a mere village, inhabited chiefly by hand loom fustian weavers; has acquired importance from the working of coal in the adjoining townships of Bamford and Hopwood, and from the enterprise and skill of local capitalists; and is now a populous, busy, thriving seat of various manufactures … two churches, nine[!] dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel … and carries on the manufacture of power looms, iron and brass founding, boiler making, and all departments of cotton spinning and cotton weaving.  Pop. of the town in 1861, 12,8243.’

In 2023, the My Primitive Methodists website does not have any Preaching Plans for the Bury or Heywood Primitive Methodist Circuits (Heywood was part of the Bury circuit until 1883 when it was separated off) so the table below shows all of the chapels I have found that might have been in these circuits.  Some of the chapels to the north may, at various times, have been members of the Rossendale Circuit (for which this website does not hold any Plans either), Haslingden Circuit (see a 1910 history of this circuit here) or Helmshore Circuit (see 1896 Q4 and 1897 Q2 Preaching Plans).

I found the following sources useful:

  • Bury, Walmersley Road (#23)
  • Bury, William Street (-)
  • Heywood (#61)
  • Ramsbottom, Bethesda (#98)
  • Ratcliffe[sic] Bridge, Preaching room (#99)
  • Summerseat, a cottage in the occupation of Widow Mellowdew (#117)
  • Summerseat (-)[duplicate?]

Circuit 224 Heywood (Central):

  • [Heywood] Bridge Street
  • [Heywood] Greentown (Miller Street)

Circuit 228: Bury and Ramsbottom:

  • [Bury] Walmersley Road
  • Elton (Wellington Street)
  • Ramsbottom (Bolton Street)
  • Irwell Vale
  • Edenfield (Rochdale Road)

Circuit 230: Radcliffe:

  • Railway Street (Radcliffe)
  • Chapelfield (Stand Lane)


Bury William Street chapel1828/91866300
Bury Walmersley Road chapel18661974400
Heywood Mount Pleasant chapel (Bank St)18351872266
Heywood 1st Miller Street chapel1867-91900200
Heywood 2nd Miller Street chapel1900c.1950260
Heywood Salem Bridge Street chapel1871c.1960500
Edenfield Exchange Street chapel1841-21881254
Edenfield Rochdale Road Chapel1881-22016360
Elton Wellington Street chapel18691960330
Helmshore 1st chapel18391895~200?
Helmshore 2nd chapel18951981300
Irwell Vale 1st Chapel18351853140
Irwell Vale 2nd Chapel18531893/4~300?
Irwell Vale 3rd Chapel1893/4Open250
Radcliffe Railway Street chapel18671959280
Radcliffe Chapelfield Walker Street chapel18301885~250?
Radcliffe Chapelfield Union Street chapel18881950?230
Ramsbottom Market Place chapel18331862220
Ramsbottom Bridge Street chapel18621890~200?
Ramsbottom Bolton Street chapel1890c.1960560-750
Summerseat SocietyPre 1861
Summerseat chapel18921955180


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