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Ulverston Rd Primitive Methodist, Dalton-in-Furness

Primitive Methodist church,
Ulverston Rd,


The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

It was founded in 1862 and closed in 1882.

The Dalton Primitive Methodists began meeting in a private house in the early 1860s, moving shortly afterwards to the former building in Skelgate which had been vacated by the Wesleyans (q.v.) around 1864. Their own new Ulverston Road PM chapel opened in about 1868, but it soon proved too small. The congregation moved to more convenient new premises in Cleator Street in 1883.

Their former building in Ulverston Road was initially left as a hall, but during the 20th century it was used for worship by a Church of Christ congregation (c1891-c1960s).

The building is now used by Seventh-Day Adventists.

In 1862, six years before, the Primitive Methodists began to hold regular services in a room of the old building belonging to the Co-operative Society in Mid-Wellington Street. In 1864 they occupied the old chapel in Skelgate, vacated by the Wesleyans. Three years later the Rev. Thos. Brodie became their minister, and the following year the present Primitive Methodist chapel in Ulverston Road was completed.

The following table is submitted for reference. The return of members of society is the number enrolled on the books of the different churches in May, 1882 :

Name of churchNumber of
Church Members
of the Chapel.
Wesleyan Methodists225650
Congregational Church174300
Primitive Methodists110252
Bible Christians92500
Welsh Calvinists34180

from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882

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.

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Church Records


The church is located at OS grid reference SD2329074170 (Lat/Lon 54.157596,-3.176215). You can see this on maps provided by: