Leeds Ebenezer Methodist New Connexion Church

From my old Methodist Postcard Album
This series showing MNC Methodist New Connexion churches
This is Ebenezer Methodist New Connexion Church, Leeds, where the first MNC conference took place.

The Ebenezer Chapel is where Alexander Kilham preached after he led the separation from the Wesleyan Methodists and founded the religious organization known as the Methodist New Connexion in 1797. The Ebenezer Chapelyard was ordered closed to further burials by a motion passed at Leeds Town Council in June 1848. At that time, there were concerns about public hygiene and the Chapelyard was described as “small and very full, surrounded by a dense population” (Leeds Times, June 24 1848 p 3). The site was redeveloped more than once after it was sold. After the Second World War, it was a paved parking lot and is now the site of a major shopping centre development. The fate of the original interments in the Chapelyard is not known. A burial register dating from 1789 to 1831 is available at the National Archives of Great Britain (Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU).

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