Former Wesleyan Chapel, Westgate

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    "Previously the North Road Wesleyan Chapel and Caretakers House, built in 1791 by masons from Haltwhistle, now converted into three cottages [[1391350]] In about 1748, Christopher Hopper, a Methodist preacher from Allendale and close associate of Wesley, came to Westgate. He records that he ‘preached under the crumbling walls of an old castle at Westgate to a few women and children who looked hard at me’. This is traditionally regarded as the first Wesleyan sermon preached in Weardale, and the North Road Chapel, built in 1791, is said to stand on the very spot where Hopper preached. The size of these chapels in Weardale is a sign of the strength of the Methodist movement and the much larger population of the times. After the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists re-united, the chapel was sold in 1937 becoming, to local outrage, a dance hall. Undated old photos in the Beamish Museum People's Collection http://collections.beamish.org.uk/search-detail?item=NEG15713 http://collections.beamish.org.uk/search-detail?item=NEG1072" Photo by Andrew Curtis, 2011.
  • Owner

    Andrew Curtis
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Link: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2407521
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 3 years, 3 months ago
    Viewed: 234 times
    Picture Taken: 2011-05-13
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