The first chapel in Warehorne was actually opened in 1842, when about thirty were meeting. The building and plot were recorded in the Tithe schedule in 1843. On March 30th 1851 an afternoon congregation of 100, and an evening congregation of 65 were recorded. The first chapel was described in 1867 as having been “so badly ventilated, and of late in a dilapitated condition”, so “the friends resolved to build a new chapel”.
The foundation services of the 1866 chapel, named Providence like its predecessor, were held on Sunday and Monday, 26th and 27th August 1866. The account in the Bible Christian Magazine states “The dimensions of the chapel are 30ft by 17.5 ft within, height from the floor to the wall-plate 13.5 ft. Concrete foundations; then solid wall of blue stone, rising 5ft. above the floor. The crevices cemented. Outside of wall, on the stone work, a curve or plinth of bath stone. Inside a six-inch ledge; the wall from the floor to the ledge is skirted. the other part of the wall is brickwork, cemented outside and ornamented. the inside plastered with a mixture of strong lime and sand, insquares corresponding with the outside. The roof of slated stone, There are eight gothic windows, three on each side, and in the front end two.”
“The substantial and neat chapel” was opened on Sunday and Monday 11th and 12th November, 1866. “Crowded congregations listened to the word with marked attention. A blessed influence was realized, and we trust lasting good will will be manifested.” If this was so, the public tea for 250 persons on the Monday afternoon no doubt helped, although heavy rain “caused some to retire who had some distance to get to their homes.” the public meeting, after tea, was chaired by Mr. James Barling, Sen. of Warehorne.
We are not told the capacity of the new chapel, but it was calculated to be 120 in 1940, and 90 in 1970.
Sources: The twenty-first annual report of the Missionary Society under the direction of the Bible Christian Conference, for the year ending July 1842
The Warehorne Tithe Schedule, 1843
TNA HO 129/63/3
The Bible Christian Magazine 1867, p46
The Methodist Church, Department of Chapel Affairs. Statistical returns 1940
The Methodist Church, Department of Chapel Affairs. Statistical returns part 1, 1972
Leicestershire Record Office : ref. DE 5059, copy print of Wesleyan Chapel, Woodgate, Loughborough, copy c.1970, etc.
ref. DE 2018, minutes, other records, 1816-1928, to include Wesleyan Chapel, Woodgate, Loughborough, 24 items.
ref. LB-16P, local study file : Robert Peck, b.1782, d.c.1855, Wesleyan local preacher in Loughborough. Treatise on his life and work by Percy Davenport, c.1855.
I purchased a medal today ‘FOR RECORD ATTENDANCE – CHRISTIAN HERALD. CHRIST CHURCH U. M. SUNDAY SCHOOL BARROW-IN-FURNESS. Presented to MR W. W. TRUMAN for 42 years service.’ I belive this may have been Walter W Truman who died in 1942 age 74.
I’ve added a picture to this page of pieces of pottery, marked “Stepney New Connexio 1900” found not too far away by Gerald Bisby.
Gerald says, “I was weeding in the garden (South Cave, HU15 2AL) this morning and came across a small fragment of pottery. Some minutes later I found two further pieces related to the first.
I have attached a photo of the fragments which have the inscription, “Stepney, Methodist New Connexion, 1900″. The fragments fit together to form a circular bowl, possibly a mug.
Our bungalow was built in about 1990 on agricultural land, so the mug could have been dropped by an agricultural worker.”
Stepney off Beverley Road in Hull is the nearest Stepney I can find to South Cave and there was certainly a Methodist New Connexion chapel – in fact two, one after the other. The 1849 Zion chapel, forerunner to the chapel that would have existed in 1900, still stands. Coincidentally, it is on the corner of Cave Street.