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Hartley Victoria College Chapel Primitive Methodist, Whalley Range

Hartley Victoria College Chapel,
Alexandra Road South,
Whalley Range


The church does not have a graveyard.

Church History

It was founded in 1881 and closed in 1972.

The Manchester Theological College opened in 1881 to train students for the Primitive Methodist ministry. It was renamed in 1906 after the industrialist Sir William Hartley. In 1934 it amalgamated with the nearby Victoria Park College and became the Hartley Victoria College.

It is now Kassim Darwich Grammar School for Boys (Islamic)

The Primitive Methodist church was an early 19th century (1807) secession from 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

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The chapel records are held by John Rylands University Library, Deansgate, Manchester.

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 SJ8334094312 (Lat/Lon 53.445300,-2.252307). You can see this on maps provided by: