Pennine History
Pennine History

John Wesley Newbeggin Chapel in County Durham, built in 1760, is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world in continuous use and where John Wesley himself once preached. I stood in the pulpit he used, now in the right hand corner of the sanctuary. Facing it is tiered seating which meant no-one could escape his eyes. Later, youngsters could not escape the eyes of their Sunday School Teachers, since in order to get employment in a local lead mine they required a reference from the Sunday School. That employment gave them a life expectancy of around 47 (15 years less than the national average in 1840), so maybe it was because they would soon meet their Maker!!. The Victorian stained glass which we admire so much was set in lead so gained. Plenty to think about there and perhaps to compare with Third World situations today.

Newbeggin Chapel SanctuaryNewbeggin Chapel, tiered seating


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