The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Headland, Hartlepool, County Durham

Baptist Chapel, Regent Street. NZ 529 336. Bill Henderson. Another view. Howard Richter (2011). Howard has compiled the following history. An earlier Baptist Church (built 1851-2) was damaged by naval gunfire in 1914, during WW1. The National Archive holds a Building Committee Minute Book for the years 1915-21, so it seems at least likely that the current building was erected soon after the war. Link.

The former Independent Chapel (1843) on Durham Street. Another view. This was still in use in 1964 as a Congregational Chapel. NZ 527 340. Both Martin Richter (2011). Grade II listed - Link.

Morison Hall, a redundant Methodist Chapel. NZ 529 337. Martin Briscoe. Howard Richter advises that it appears on old maps as United Methodist in the early 20th century, but by 1939 is shown as a "Hall". Morison commemorates A. E. "Bertie" Morison, who was a local leader of the Boys' Brigade who used the Hall. News of an arson attack. Link1. Link2. Link3.

Northgate Methodist Church opened in 1839, closed in 1969, and subsequently demolished. The site (on Northgate and Darlington Street) remains un-developed. This link implies that Northgate was built as a replacement for a yet earlier chapel (1793) near the Town Wall, deemed too small. This view also shows the rear of the Independent Chapel (see above). An 1857 map shows a "U.P. Chapel", presumably United Presbyterian, under the back wall of the Independent Chapel, so would have shown in the last view if it still existed. On later maps what appears to be the same building is "R.C. School". NZ 527 340. Martin Richter (2011).

Old Gospel Hall - according to the plaque by the door. NZ 524 337. At one time it was "Custom House", and later "Inst." on old maps, eventually appearing as Gospel Hall on the 1954-5 edition. For sale in 2011. Martin Richter (2011).

The former St. Andrew (ca. 1862) on The Headland is being converted (2010) into a cafe. NZ 528 335. Alan Blacklock (2010). Howard Richter has found a reference to it having been closed in 1981, and the organ having been moved to Elwick. The following photos (all Martin Richter, 2011) show the building after installation of new windows - 1, 2, 3 (with Andy Capp in the foreground - his creator, Reg Smythe was a native of Hartlepool). Link 1 (which says built in 1886). Links 2, 3, and 4 all news stories on the conversion. Howard Richter has advised that the cafe is now trading, as evidenced by this link. Grade II listed - link (also see the "Photos" tab).

St. Hilda. NZ 528 337. Martin Richter (2011). Four more views, all Alan Blacklock -  two exterior 1, 2 and 2 interior 1, 2. Link1. Link2. Link3. Link4. Link5.

St. Mary (R.C.) on Middlegate. NZ 528 338. Bill Henderson. Two further views - 1, 2 (with St. Hilda behind), both  Martin Richter (2011). Link1. Link2. Link3.

St. Helen's Lodge No. 531 on Regent Street is very likely a former Wesleyan Reform Chapel, shown as such on the 1862 OS map. By 1919 it shows only as "Hall". The gable-end looks right, though it appears as though some changes have been made. NZ 529 336. Martin Richter (2011).

Former (?) Salvation Army Citadel. Built 1968-9, it is now in use as a fitness centre, but is still listed on the S.A. website. Its predecessor was on Lumley Street, and was demolished in 1966. NZ 524 342. Martin Richter (2011).




04 March 2023

Steve Bulman

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