Ulverston Rd Primitive Methodist, Dalton-in-Furness
Primitive Methodist church,
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 church Number of
of the Chapel.
Wesleyan Methodists 225 650 Congregational Church 174 300 Primitive Methodists 110 252 Bible Christians 92 500 Baptists 91 340 Welsh Calvinists 34 180
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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