Methodist New Connexion Chapel, High Street, Huddersfield

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  • location: High Street, Huddersfield
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: church or chapel
  • architect: William Hill (second chapel)
  • builders: Abraham Graham & Sons (second chapel)

The first chapel was built in 1814 and was reportedly "the largest and finest chapel in the district" until the Queen Street Chapel was built in 1819.

Huddersfield Chronicle (05/Jan/1867)

By the early 1860s, the increasing size of the congregation necessitated the building of a replacement chapel. The foundation stone of the new chapel, which was designed by Leeds architect William Hill and built by Abraham Graham & Sons using stone from Crosland Hill[1], was laid on Wednesday 27 July 1864 by Joseph Crosland.[2] Although not quite completed at the time, the new chapel — which was dubbed "the Cathedral of the New Connexion" due to its size — was opened in a ceremony held on Thursday 10 January 1867.[3]

The chapel closed in 1944, with the congregation joining Brunswick Street Methodist Chapel. The building was sold at auction for £12,000 in March 1945, although the "communion rail, dais, and three stained glass windows were not included in the sale".[4] The purchaser the North Eastern Gas Board who intended to build a new showroom and offices on the site.[5]

The building was eventually demolished between 1956 and 1957.[6]

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Notes and References

  1. The notice for tenders for building the new chapel appears in "Contracts" in Huddersfield Chronicle (02/Apr/1864).
  2. "Methodist New Connexion Chapel, High Street" in Huddersfield Chronicle (30/Jul/1864).
  3. A highly detailed description of the chapel is given in "The New Connexion New Chapel, High Street" in Huddersfield Chronicle (30/Jul/1864).
  4. "Huddersfield Chapel Sold for £12,000" in Yorkshire Post (21/Mar/1945).
  5. "Soon These Turrets Will Be No More" in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (22/Dec/1956).
  6. West Yorkshire Archive Service: Off the Record.