The Wesleyan Chapel

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The Wesleyan Chapel

 

Chapel in 2000

 

The Wesleyan Chapel was erected about 1826.  John Wesley had visited the area in 1764 and preached in Middleton.  It is likely that prayer meetings were held in local houses prior to 1826.  The chapel was built by a private individual (possible by William Seamer).

 

In 1851 the Chapel Steward was   William Seamer He recorded an evening attendance of 62 for the 1851 census.  This was a special religious census which took place on Sunday 30th March 1851.  Overall attendance in Pickering revealed 35.3% Church of England, 32.6% Wesleyan, 26.4% Primitive Methodist with a very small Roman Catholic presence.  About a third of the population attended church on the census day.

The Chapel was rebuilt in 1879.  In 1892 it underwent considerable alterations raising the roof and walls by 3'-6", the services were held in the granary at Bridge House (farm) during the renovation.  The 'schoolroom' was added around 1885 to the west of the main building primarily as a Sunday school for local children, known as the 'sunshine corner'.  Further renovations were made in the 1930's and reopened by Phyllis Wood in 1934.

 

Mrs Pat Dickinson's grandfather, Thomas Skilbeck, was organist at the Chapel for many years.  The Chapel closed for worship in 1989.

It is now a private house. 

 

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Chapel and the bridge c. 1900

 

Foundation Stones

 

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Earlier foundation stone

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