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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Methodist New Connexion Chapel


On the corner of Stamford Street and Warrington Street is this building, one time the Methodist New Connexion Chapel.

The New Connexion, formed in 1797, was a breakaway movement from the main Methodist church and had a large number of followers in Lancashire. Many of Ashton's Methodists took part in the dissent movement, taking over Ashton's Methodist chapel that had been founded in 1794, leaving the 25 remaining loyal Weslyan followers with nowhere to worship until they built a new chapel in 1824.

The New Connexion movement was strong in Ashton and, in 1832 they opened this grand chapel to replace the earlier one.

Sadly, it has been empty in recent years, as can be seen from the photo. It is currently undergoing building work to convert it to another use. The New Connexion congregation now worships at nearby Hurst Methodist Church.

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8 comments:

  1. The building looks to have lots of possibilities! Show us the renovation outcome when it "finished!"

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  2. hi did they move the graveyard that was there ?are they keeping the side anex building ?

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  3. Think the forecourt had graves."What will happen to those"

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  4. Searching my family tree my great great great grandfather was a methodist preacher in a new connexion church in ashton under lyne and some of his children were married there, however i believe two methodist churches existed in the area. does any body know of any records of births marriages or death regarding these churches.
    I think that my ancestor may have been buried here if there is a cemetary andam thinking of a trip there to look. his name was richard tommis born 1816 and died 1882.

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  5. Andrew- there were quite a number of Methodist churches in Ashton. I would suggest going to the forum connected with this blog, http://forum.ashton-under-lyne.com and raising the matter in the "Geneology" section. There are people who may be able to help you.

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