additional information (CH 02/20)
The 1868 Primitive Methodist magazine contains a report by EH of the reopening of Benton Square Primitive Methodist Chapel.
It tells us that the first chapel had been erected around 1830 after missioning by William Clowes and Jeremiah Gilbert, who conducted a camp meeting on Scaffold Hill. The Dawson family were significant contributors to the cause. In time the chapel needed alteratino and repair: a new roof was put on and the pulpit replaced by a platform. It cost £50 “which was a considerable sum for a few labouring people. Ralph Dawson played a significant role.
The chapel reopened on December 14th 1867. Speakers included R Watson (Shields), JH Toplin, Thomas Johnson, W Owen (South Shields) and Thomas Nightingale (Chirton) and the Revs B Hall, HB Kendall and W Antliff.
Primitive Methodist magazine 1868 pages 178-179