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Whinney Hill Methodist Chapel


A brief history:-
Methodism arose as a revival movement within the Church of England in the 18th century and was organised by the Church of England clergyman, John Wesley. As Wesley and his colleagues preached around the country they formed local societies, that were given national organisation through Wesley's leadership and conferences of preachers. Wesley insisted that Methodists regularly attend their local parish church as well as Methodist meetings. Although Wesley declared, "I live and die a member of the Church of England", the impact of the movement, especially after Wesley's clandestine ordinations in 1784, made separation from the Church of England virtually inevitable. In 1784 Wesley made provision for the governance of Methodism after his death through the 'Yearly Conference of the People called Methodists'. He nominated 100 people and declared them to be its members and laid down the method by which their successors were to be appointed.
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Just off Doncaster Road on Mungy Lane on the low side of the railway Bridge, down the road from St. Gerard's Church once stood the Wesleyan Mission. Today there is a Bungalow on the site of the old mission, the mission itself was associated with the Dalton Mission just down the road now too demolished.

At present I do not know the year the chapel was established or indeed when it ceased to exist, if anyone can help with dates it would be truly appreciated.

Three of the earlier members of this mission were Isaac Morgan and Moses Morgan who during their time at Thrybergh  were active members of the Wesleyan Church . The second was a William Thomas Rogers of Thrybergh who was a Sunday School worker and Superintendent at both above Churches .

The church was seemingly charitable in giving accommodation to miners employed at Silverwood Colliery, amongst those to benefit were
W. J. Steel age 23 listed as living at Wayside Doncaster Rd August 1925
W. H. Irving age 31 listed as living at Wayside Whinney Hill in January 1927
James Murdock age 22 also listed as living at Wayside Whinney Hill in January 1927
Horace Ogleby age 34 listed as living at Wayside Doncaster Rd in August 1928
It seems that the chapel was known as a Wayside Mission.

In 1932 the congregation paid tribute to George Henry Hardy a retired police officer who died in August of that year, George and his wife had been a member of the chapel for five years, and he had achieved much in that short period of time.




The photo left  is a wedding invitation inviting the great grandparents of Janice Hans who were Mr.& Mrs. Joseph Rogers to their niece Pollie Rogers wedding to Wilfred Atkinson at St. Leonard's Church Thrybergh in 1934.

The photographer at the actual wedding was the very well known Fred Shaw, of Rotherham & Bridlington.

It can be seen from the photo that the reception was held at the Whinney Hill Methodist Chapel








In 1935 Isaac and Ann Morgan celebrated their Golden wedding at the chapel. Attending the celebrations were William Thomas Rogers in his role as family friend and society steward, and one James T. Townend J. P. local cobbler and county councillor who was also a family friend.













At sometime in the 1930's a very well known local character became associated for awhile with the mission and he was the one and only Fred Kelly, who features on quite a few pages on this site and also the Silverwood Colliery site. His daughter Nadia has in recent years self published her memoirs and here is an extract from those precious memories.

"Two hundred yards up the road from the shop stood the Wesleyan Chapel. We transferred from St. Peter's Church where we attended Sunday school, [ I don't think it was on a very regular basis], to the chapel. Apparently my dad had been a chapel - goer when Mum met him. Perhaps that is how they met? His walking past the house regularly! He was very serious about it at the time and studied to become a lay preacher. During this intercurrence I believe he christened a baby or two. My mother was probably quite impressed by this at first but after years of living with his many fads and fancies, she became cynical and wearied by all his exploits.

I enjoyed going to the chapel. We did a lot of singing and I thought much jollier than the church. There were occasions called an 'Anniversary'. I don't know what it was the anniversary of. I don't think it was only once a year. We sang on the stage of the chapel I know that. There was a choir and then the soloist. I enjoyed it and sang my bit proudly. It wasn't all sombre the way going to church had been. Everyone always seemed so stiff and talked in whispers. Chapel was much better. On Palm Sunday we were given a cross made of palm leaves. I think the thoughts that went through my head about the palm cross were the first searching thoughts I ever had.

From the book MAID IN ENGLAND
Nadia Simpson [ Nee Kelly ]October 1998
Printed in Maleny Queensland Australia.



At a funeral for William Thomas Rogers held at Dalton Methodist Church year as yet unknown, in attendance were also other members of the Thrybergh Chapel. Mrs. W Brooks, Mrs. Charity, Mrs. Haith, Mr. and Mrs. P Brumpton, Mr. and Mrs. T Bennett, Mr W. Rollason, Mr. Dyson, Mrs. R. H. Dodd, Mr Trueman, and Mr. Harper



Many thanks to the people below who have made this page possible.

Susan  King and cousin Shirley Clough researching the Morgan family and would welcome any further information, so if you can help these ladies please do! They can be contacted at   
 Susan    Shirley shirleyclough@hotmail'com

Janice Hans researching the Rogers family
At present Janice would like to find out the years in which the deaths of her great Uncles occurred, and would like to also discover more about her family so if  anyone can help with information it would be very appreciated.
 Janice can be contacted at 

Nadia Simpson for kindly allowing the extract from her book MAID IN ENGLAND

Phil and Delwyn Martin  live in New Zealand and would very much appreciate if anyone can help with further information about George Hardy and his family. If you can help then please contact
Phil and Delwyn 

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