The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Brough, Cumbria

Brough on Wikipedia.

The former Baptist Church (1852). Closed before WW1, it was converted to be a memorial hall after the war. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3. NY 7945 1453. All Howard Richter (2014).

Brough Methodist Church, originally Wesleyan (1905). NY 7958 1455. Martin Richter (2011). Link.

There is a reference here to a long-lost Chapel at Market Brough, dedicated to The Blessed Virgin and St Gabriel, but I've been unable to discover its site, or any further information.

A distant view of the former Primitive Methodist Chapel (in the centre, with orange cement mixer) of 1825. NY 7933 1416. Howard Richter (2014).

Another Primitive Methodist Chapel stood at about NY 7945 1435. The site ( Howard Richter (2014)) is now occupied by housing. The OS map of 1859 shows the 1825 chapel (see previous entry) only, so this one must be later. Howard has a reference to a new chapel having been built in 1877, only to be burned down after it was struck by lightning three years later. Perhaps (probably?) rebuilt on the same site, the 1896 map shows this chapel only, the 1825 apparently redundant before then. In 1940 it was named as Brough (Low Road) PM, and the 1956 map suggests it was still active at that date. It seems to have closed before 1970, and was demolished by 1973. The chapel itself is shown here on a painting ( Vivienne Wilcock), based on an old postcard.

St. Michael. NY 7931 1392. Bill Henderson. Another view, three of the interior - 1, 2, 3, one of the fragments of medieval glass, and the font, all Chris Stafford (2013). An old drawing made by Thomas Bland in the 1850's is available here, reproduced by kind permission of Carlisle Library. It's from the searchable Cumbria Image Bank, which can be accessed here. Link. Grade II* listed. The churchyard has a cross-base listed separately as grade II, and a tomb, also as grade II.

The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1803) on Wesley Terrace, converted to residential use, and now called (somewhat oddly), Capel Cottage. It was presumably the predecessor to the present Methodist Chapel (see above). Another view. NY 7954 1451. Both Howard Richter (2014).





04 March 2023

Steve Bulman

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