East Yorkshire Primitive Methodist chapels - a full(ish) list

Was any of these your family chapel? What do you know - about then and now?

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East Riding chapels and meeting houses by David and Susan Neave, published in 1990 by the East Yorkshire Local History Society contains a list of the known non-conformist chapels in the East Riding. The lists in the documents on this page show the Primitive Methodist chapels, taken from the book with permission.

In total there are 179 Primitive Methodist chapels listed; a few are where a society has moved from one building to the next, so the number of societies is probably a little lower – although it is equally likely that some societies have disappeared entirely.

Of the 179 chapels listed:

  • 29 were in use in the 1980s
  • 10 are in use in 2016
  • 65 are listed as demolished
  • 114 are still in existence – at least in part
  • 82 are in use for other purposes – including 26 as a house, 11 as some sort of hall, 5 as a shop, 4 as offices

48 of the chapels are already on this website in 2016, 47 of them with pictures – only Pocklington Union Street is missing.

It would be great to add the rest!

Were your family members of one of these societies?   What can you share about the chapels and the people whose lives they touched?

Do you live in the area or fancy some detective work? What has happened to each of the chapels since the list was compiled in the late 1980s?  Can you provide an up to date picture?

The oldest chapel is at Rimswell, opened in 1813 and rebuilt/enlarged in 1889.  The last before Methodist Union in 1932 is at Enthorpe, built in 1912.  It has a note saying it was built of corrugated iron and in 1972 moved to Arras. What is the story there?

yearschapels opened  yearschapels opened 
1810 – 181911870-187922
1820 – 1829291880-18898
1830 – 1839321890-18998
1840 – 1849211900-19096
1850 – 1859191910-19193
1860 – 1869241920-19320


Neave, David and Susan (1990), East Riding chapels and meeting houses; East Yorkshire Local History Society



A list of 179 Primitive Methodist chapels in the East Riding of Yorkshire, with information about dates and what happened to the chapel
A list of 114 Primitive Methodist chapel buildings recorded as in existence between 1977 and 1990

Comments about this page

  • O.S. Map 1899/9O actually cites the Primite Weslan’s 1851 licenced worship place on the right of map [ on Landing Lane, but lane not named ], year of map it named Methodist Chapel ( Wesleyan ).
    There is a picture of what now is Chapel House in said O.S. Map location on Landing Lane :

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (19/06/2022)
  • Google street view again for Asselby, view year 2009.
    On South Lane, corner of Main Street : the view shows a white building and on the Main Street part it had/has a blue garage door and over it was/is a stone plaque difficult to read with Google street view. The building forms part of Ivy House.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (19/06/2022)
  • Copy can be read via Google books :
    The Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1858.
    Page 507, Asselby Chapel, pages 710 & 711, William Firth.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (18/06/2022)
  • Additional :
    Although thought there once was a stone plaque on the left of the Sunday School there is now an electricity meter box, the smaller sign more recent. It is now a Grade 11 (2) listed building.

    Kind regards,

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (18/06/2022)
  • Additional :
    The O.S. Map would cite the Primitive Methodist Chapel actually on South Lane adjacent to the Black Swan Inn but the Sunday School over the road on Blacksmith Lane was Wesleyan, their Chapel being further right in the village.

    Kind regards, R&M.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (18/06/2022)
  • Additional :
    O.S. map, surveyed 1889, published 1890, to include Asselby : https://maps.nls.uk/view/125644955

    cited is Meth.Chap ( Prim ), this would be near or on Main Street. – Methodist Chapel ( Wesleyan ), near Black Swan Inn. This chapel was on South Lane.

    Google street view : many are being updated but at this moment good-timely for Asselby : go to South Lane adjacent to the Black Swan Inn and over the junction is continuation of South Lane named Blacksmith Lane and on the right is the former “Primite Weslans Sunday School” (Primitive-Wesleyans). The stone plaque not readable but a small newer sign depicts very briefly what it was.
    Note: The Primitive Methodist Sunday School was not on Blacksmith Lane.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (18/06/2022)
  • Amongst first download : Asselby.

    At the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives :
    (Deeds, NA 1376 ) refs. DDXl 572/1/17, Abstract of indenture of mortgage from Hannah Palmer to Thomas Newham, containing 2 roods at Asselby, bounded by the Primitive Methodist Chapel, in the west, (etc.), year 1871.

    DDXl 572/1/8, similar for……………….. …
    DDXI 572/1/19, similar for 17th June. 1872 .

    DDXl 572/1/3, Aug., 1st.1863, Hannah Palmer, widow, mortgage (etc.) of sale for a message at Asselby. Dwellings with outbuildings with a croft containing 2 roods at Asselby adjoining the Primitive Methodist Chapel, at the west and north.
    ‘ Primite-Weslans ‘ :
    The following is pertaining to another place of worship in Asselby, at The National Archives :
    ref. HO 129/517/30, folio 30, year 1851, Place of worship, ‘ Primite Weslans ‘ ( Primitive Wesleyans ), Asselby, * date erected/licenced, etc., 1850. Informant Issac Haresine, Sunday attendance, morning……, , afternoon 69, evening 73.

    *The Victoria History of the county of York , East Riding, (edition 2019) vol.10, part 1, Howdenshire, the townships, a mention : Wesleyan Methodists Reading Room and Sunday School on Blacksmith Lane in Asselby.

    Later, the term Primite Weslans ( Primitive-Wesleyans* ) not used, be it intentionally or not would give a prominence to Connexional Primitive Methodism.

    *this term had still a prominence in Ireland.
    Kind regards,
    Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (18/06/2022)

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