By: Stanley Merridew
North Yorkshire Record Office holds Pateley Bridge Circuit records which cover the chapels from Brown Bank to West End. These include baptism records from 1825 to 1961. All the chapels are together in each volume but the place of residence is shown.
Known as Brown Bank, this chapel was situated off Watson’s Lane, now a private house. Northallerton record office have a copy of the Sunday School register 1941-1979. Several names are shown on the Wesleyan Roll: Darnbrook, Grange, McKenzie, Gill, Hobson, Hutton
The chapel opened as early as 1763 and was enlarged in 1894 when there were 26 members. It closed in 1959, also now a private house. Marriage records 1908-1943 at are held at Northallerton. At NYRO I came across a list of seat rents for 1910 which mentions the following names:
Mr H Beecroft, John Beecroft, James Hart, Mrs Luty, Mr T Newall, Mrs Patten, Miss J Pennington, Mr F Pennington, R Pennington, Mrs Umpleby, T Varley, Mr W Yeadon. The only names shown for Fewston on the Wesleyan Roll are John Myers & J Bramley.
The chapel, situated on a lane just to the east of Hardisty Hill opened in 1838 and closed in 1994.
There was also a Reading Room until relatively recently at the foot of Hardisty Hill. The record office holds a copy of the Sunday School register, attendances shown below:
John W Andrew 1896 to 1898 Dewhirst Beecroft 1909 to 1911
William Beecroft 1895 to 1897 & 1909 to 1911 James E Gill 1892
George Hardcastle 1892 to 1895 Charles Harrison 1897 to 1898
Richard Knowles 1910 to 1911 Andrew Maud 1893
Bradley Maud 1895 to 1898 Titus Maud 1894 to 1895
Ethel Maud 1897 to 1898 Lucy Maud 1895 to 1898
Emily Neal 1896 to 1898 Annie L Newall 1909
Annie M Watkinson 1894 to 1896 Richard Watkinson 1895 to 1896
Charles Watkinson 1895 to 1897
Five members of the Gill family contributed to the Wesleyan Roll ( 20th Century Fund), Michael, John , Wilks, Sarah & Esther.
Taken at the centenary celebration in 1936
An article in the Wharfedale & Airedale Observer 12th May 1962 regarding the above chapel, just before closure, states it opened in 1836 and was built on land previously owned by John Hall of Thruscross. The chapel was located at the top of Clogger Lane. Some of the families involved in the past are mentioned: Newbould, Wigglesworth, Gill, Bulmer, Metcalf & Verity. It also states that the tea at the Centenary was served by Mrs F Nelson, Mrs Wood, Mrs Newbould, Mrs J Verity, Mrs V Verity, Mrs Smith, Mrs G Marshall, Miss S Peel, Miss S Walker.
There was also a Primitive Methodist chapel. From documents of a land sale held by Mikki French, one of her ancestors, Godfrey Horsman of West End, sold to Joshua Hardisty (cordwainer), Joseph Dinsdale (linen weaver), James Fryer (flaxdresser), Thomas Shepherd (weaver) all of Thruscross, Joseph Stott (farmer), Francis Sutcliffe (miller), both of Stonebeckdown & John Watson (wheelwright) of Stonebeckup in 1929 a plot of land for the purpose of building a Primitive Methodist Chapel. The document states the plot of land was close to Holmefield and Brecks Lane. This site was, I believe just north of the present Reservoir Road. The building was sold in 1902, so I assume the two congregations came together. See the first paragraph regarding baptism records.
Just two names appear on the Wesleyan Roll: Enoch Garth & John Verity.
In an account book dated 1811 there is a list of where collections were received. At this early date many of the chapels were not in existence and these may have been house meetings. Amongst the places mentioned, Bramley Head and Bramelane are shown. The Wesleyan Chapel at West End (opened 1836) was close to Bramley Head and Bramelane is near to Brown Bank. .
A list of Circuit members dated 1838 for each chapel within the Pateley Bridge Circuit:
|Blubberhouses||Margaret||Sunter||Brown Bank||Elizabeth||Whitaker (child)|
|Blubberhouses||Ellen||Terry||Brown Bank||Jonathan||Whitaker |(child)|
|Brown Bank||Jonathan||Andrews (child)||Fewston||Mary||Bramley|
|Brown Bank||Mary Ann||Emsley||Fewston||Thomas||Peel|
|Brown Bank||Samuel||Hudson||West End||Elizabeth||Abbot|
|Brown Bank||Mary||Hudson||West End||Walter||Buckle|
|Brown Bank||Joseph||Irish||West End||Sarah||Buckle|
|Brown Bank||Benjamin||Jackson||West End||Ellen||Garrs|
|Brown Bank||Joseph||Jackson||West End||Anthony||Garth|
|Brown Bank||Elizabeth||Jackson||West End||Stephen||Hardisty|
|Brown Bank||Henry||Jackson||West End||Sarah||Holmes|
|Brown Bank||Mary||Jackson||West End||Ellen||Holmes|
|Brown Bank||William||Margerison||West End||Elizabeth||Imeson|
|Brown Bank||Thomas||Moon||West End||Betty||Imeson|
|Brown Bank||William||Moon||West End||Ann||Myers|
|Brown Bank||Jane||Peel||West End||Martha||Newbould|
|Brown Bank||Robert||Peel||West End||Emmanuel||Shepherd|
|Brown Bank||Joseph||Rawson||West End||Elizabeth||Waite|
|Brown Bank||Susannah||Rawson||West End||Amelia||Wilkinson|
I assume those headed under “Blubberhouses” refers to Hardisty Hill Chapel.
At the archives there is also a Society Roll Book dated 1931. The circuit members list, plus the roll book and the baptisms would make a useful publication – a willing transcriber needed!