[former] Ruyton-of-the-XI-Towns Primitive Methodist Chapel, Brownhill
[former] Ruyton-of-the-XI-Towns Primitive Methodist Chapel, Brownhill
This stone-built chapel (erected on land bought for 30), described at the time as a "pretty and substantial building" was built by Mr Hialey at a cost of 300 and opened on the 16th December 1860. A new harmonium was bought in 1878. The chapel closed and was sold by c. 1950, and was subsequently demolished.
There was a previous Primitive Methodist chapel in Ruyton which was built in 1841. The seating capacity was 150. It was reported in the 1851 Religious Census there were 30 worshippers at their morning service, 68 at their afternoon one and 96 at their evening service. In addition there were 26 Sunday scholars in the morning and 32 in the afternoon. Before this first chapel was built, the Primitive Methodists met in the house of Mary Pugh, and after the chapel was built, local preachers lodged in her house. She subsequently emigrated to America and died c. 1850.
Grid ref: SJ 397222

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