Darwen, Duckworth Street United Methodist Free Church

Duckworth Street UMFC, Darwen
The Building News and Engineering Journal, 1889

This chapel, illustrated at the point of opening, was designed in 1889 by Samuel Hurst (1849-1890) and George Edward Bolshaw (1863-1938) of Southport.

The chapel replaced a previous chapel, buiult in 1839 and enlarged in 1861. is described as having in an ampitheatre plan, and could seat 650. the schoolroom was in the basement. The accommodation was 663 by 1940.

The original chapel had been erected in 1839 and enlarged in 1861. The UMFC must have been doing well in Darwen for another upgrade in accommodation so soon after the last. The foundations were laid on 11th May 1887, and the chapel opened on 23rd August, 1888 The illustration does not give details of the actual preachers at the opening. Can anyone tell us who they were?

The building was demolished in the 1960s.

Grid Ref: SD691224

Reference:

Statistical returns … as at July 1st 1940. Manchester: Methodist Church, Department of Chapel Affairs, 1947

The Building News and Engineering Journal Vol.57, 1889 p108 and p125

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