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Marsh St Primitive Methodist, Barrow in Furness

Primitive Methodist church,
Marsh St,
Barrow in Furness


The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

It was founded in 1875 and closed in 1953.
The Primitive Methodists have three chapels in the town ; one in Forshaw Street-a plain brick building with school underneath, and capable of seating 600 persons. It was erected in 1866 at a cost of £1,300. A second in Hartington Street, built in 1874 at a cost of £2,750, and capable of accommodating 600. A third one was built in 1875, in Marsh Street, at a cost of £2,950, and will accommodate 700. The superintendent of the Barrow circuit is the Rev. J. Prestwich, with two assistant ministers.

from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882

The church was finally dismantled in August 2009 to make way for a new housing development.

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 1875-1948
  • Marriages 1914-1952

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 SD2064068892 (Lat/Lon 54.109767,-3.215397). You can see this on maps provided by: