The Methodist Church, Hessay

The Methodist Church, Hessay
Hessay Methodist Church stands on the northern side of Main Street at the very western end of the village. Hessay appears to be very poorly documented, with almost nothing to be found either on the Methodist church or the nearby parish church of St John the Baptist. The village itself has a population a little below two hundred and, until 1996, it was in the Harrogate district of the North Riding of Yorkshire, and lies about eight kilometres (five miles) away from York. [The History Files]

The (original) Methodist chapel at Hessay was built on Nottingham family land (where they went back to the 1500s.). [John Nottingham]

"Two 18th Century Tithe Disputes in Yorkshire: The Case of Hessay in the Ainsty" by the late Dr P R Newman of York. Quote from page 29: Indeed, the farming community in Hessay itself was so dominated by Methodists by 1820 that they were able to erect their own chapel four years later. The Hessay family most involved in the Methodist movement were the Nottinghams, who played so important a part in the tithe dispute of the late 18th century." The chapel is in the same 10-acre plot as the Manor House, owned and occupied in the early 1820s by a William Nottingham.

So my money is on the Notts having provided the land and maybe helped pay towards the chapel. [John Nottingham]

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The Methodist Church is located at OS Grid Ref. SE5202553309

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