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Forshaw St Primitive Methodist, Barrow in Furness

Ebenezer chapel,
Primitive Methodist church,
Forshaw St,
Barrow in Furness


The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

It was founded in 1866 and closed in 1953.

The Cross Keys is still there today, but no traces of the chapel building are now visible. Much of the surrounding area has been transformed through town centre redevelopment. The chapel site is now incorporated into the Debenhams store (near the western access doors, William Street) Originally founded in 1866 (foundation stone of new chapel 5 May 1896), but closed 1952-53. Upon closure the remaining congregation joined Christ Church, Beacon Hill.

The Primitive Methodist church was an early 19th century (1807) secession form the Wesleyan Methodist church and was particularly successful in evangelising agricultural and industrial communities at open meetings. In 1932 the Primitive Methodists joined with the Wesleyan Methodists and the United Methodists to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

Church Records

Whilst every effort has been made to record exact details of record office and library holdings you are recommended to check with them before visiting to ensure that they do hold the records and years you wish to examine. Similarly check with transcript publishers to ensure they cover the records and years you require before making a purchase.

The Cumbria Record Office, Barrow hold:

  • Baptisms 1925-1959
  • Marriages 1934-1952

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no connection with the churches themselves.


The church is located at OS grid reference SD1985569265 (Lat/Lon 54.112997,-3.227500). You can see this on maps provided by: