Newcastle upon Tyne, Benton Square Primitive Methodist Chapel

Chapel & Orchestra

Benton Square PM Chapel & Orchestra, Northumberland (no date)
Image from the Newcastle Methodist District Archives
1851 Census report for Benton Square Primitive Methodist chapel, Newcastle upon Tyne
provided By David Tonks
Benton Square Primitive Methodist Chapel

additional information (CH 02/20 and 06/21)

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 alteration 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.

Sitelines, the Tyne and Wear Historic Environment Record website, locates Benton Square chapel in the middle of what is now Benton Square industrial estate, Where the appropriate name of Wesley features in the road network.  It tells us that the chapel is shown on first edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1860. Baptism records end in 1977 and the chapel has been demolished.

Grid Reference: NZ 29887010


Primitive Methodist magazine 1868 pages 178-179

Sitelines; accessed 17th June 2021 at

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  • It’s worth knowing that “Square” in Northumberland mining villages was not something grand. Rows of single storey, two room houses, built to form either two or three sides of a square. It tended to be a rough plot of overgrown grass and was often used as a midden ( a dump for domestic waste and worse), so not to be confused with the more formal village square seen in most places.

    By John Walley (10/02/2023)
  • I was interested to read that they conducted a camp meeting on Scaffold Hill, which is a very short walk to the south of the Benton Square Chapel.

    Scaffold Hill has no connections with hangings, it was a large open area used for events such as horse racing, the scaffold seems to relate to some sort of viewing platform, an ideal location to give a sermon. Now almost all modern housing.

    The precise location is: 55.02504656429461, -1.5330671117047119

    By John Walley (14/06/2021)

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