County Durham

Methodist New Connexion and United Methodist Free Church places of worship registered by 1867

Methodist New Connexion chapels in County Durham registered by 1867
This work incorporates historical material provided by the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth through their web site A Vision of Britain through Time (
United Methodist Free Church places of worship in County Durham registered by 1867
This work incorporates historical material provided by the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth through their web site A Vision of Britain through Time (

This is a list of chapels that had been registered by 1867. Remember that registration was not compulsory. The Methodist New Connexion probably had as many unreported chapels as registered, whilst a further eight UMFC chapels have been identified as being in use at this time. As registration was valid until cancelled, however, there may be duplication: i.e.  both the old and new chapels in a place may be listed. We have also discovered that the official location may not be the same as the name by which the chapel is commonly described.

The Methodist New Connexion were active aroung Gateshead and Sunderland, and the shipbuilding centre of Hartlepool. A list of their chapels in 1861, however, reveals that they were also active on the Durham coalfield.

The United Methodist Free Churches had places of worship in all the urban centres in the county. The eight seemingly unregistered chapels I have been able to identify were all located close to the registered chapels around Gateshead and Sunderland.

The Bible Christians did not mission this area until later in the nineteenth century.

Unless otherwise stated each of these places of worship is described as a chapel.

The numbers on the list relate to places, and match those on the map. The base map is provided under this licence

Use the search box to find out more about a chapel.

ChapelNotesDenomRegistration District
Benfieldside, Snow’s GreenFriends Meeting HouseMNC1Durham
Bishopwearmouth, Westbury StreetMNC2Sunderland
Bishopwearmouth, Zion StreetMNC3Sunderland
Dunstan, WhickhamA buildingMNC4Gateshead
Durham, New North Road, BethelMNC5Durham
Felling Shore, HeworthA buildingMNC6Gateshead
Gateshead, Melbourne Street, BethesdaMNC7Gateshead
Gateshead, Mount PleasantMNC8Gateshead
Gateshead, Sheriff Hill, ZionMNC9Gateshead
Hartlepool, Church FieldMNC10Hartlepool
High Felling, HeworthA buildingMNC11Gateshead
High WillingtonMNC12Durham
Low Fell, GatesheadMNC13Gateshead
Monkwearmouth, Dame Dorothy Street, ProvidenceMNC14Sunderland
Sunniside, WhickhamA buildingMNC15Gateshead
Team, GatesheadA buildingMNC16Gateshead
West Hartlepool, Stranton LaneMNC17Hartlepool
Windy Nook, HeworthA buildingMNC18Gateshead
Winlaton, ZionA buildingMNC19Gateshead
Bishop Auckland, South RoadUMFC20Auckland
Bishopwearmouth, Broughams Street, TabernacleUMFC21Sunderland
Bishopwearmouth, PallionUMFC22Sunderland
Blackwell SchoolUMFC23Darlington
CockertonAssociation Preaching RoomUMFC25Darlington
Darlington, Paradise ChapelUMFC26Darlington
Felling, Crow Hall LaneUMFC27Gateshead
Gateshead, High StreetUMFC28Gateshead
Gateshead, Sheriff HillUMFC29Gateshead
MonktonUMFC31South Shields
Monkwearmouth, Brook StreetUMFC32Sunderland
Monkwearmouth, Dock StreetUMFC33Sunderland
Monkwearmouth, Williamson Street, EbenezerUMFC34Sunderland
Old ShildonAssociation ChapelUMFC35Auckland
Park Hall, near GatesheadUMFC37Gateshead
Seaham Harbour, Church StreetUMFC38Easington
South Shields, Bede Street, the Tyne DocksUMFC39South Shields
South Shields, Cambridge StreetUMFC40South Shields
South Shields, Queen StreetUMFC41South Shields
Southwick, Brougham StreetUMFC42Sunderland
StanhopeWesleyan Reform43Weardale
Stockton-on-Tees, Regent StreetMethodist Free ChurchUMFC44Stockton
West AucklandAssociation ChapelUMFC45Auckland

Reference: Baggaly, William. A Digest of the Minutes, Institutions, Polity, Doctrines, Ordinances and Literature of the Methodist New Connexion.  London: William Cooke, 1862,253 pp.

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