Winteringham Chapels and Methodists

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

Winteringham Chapels and Methodists

The very first mention of Methodism in Winteringham was in 1799.

Perhaps surprisingly, there have been no fewer than FIVE Methodist Chapels in Winteringham.  So that we do not get confused, these are, or were:

The 1823 Wesleyan Chapel in Low Burgage.
The 1837 Primitive Methodist Chapel in High Burgage.
An Independent Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, possibly a barn, with 90 sittings, in the garden of Edward Westoby in West End.
The 1891 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in West End.
The current Methodist Chapel in Low Burgage.

Winteringham Primitive Methodist Chapel, High Burgage

The Primitive Methodist Chapel in
High Burgage (the very tall building
with a lamp above its doorway. 
This photo is about 100 years old.

Winteringham Wesleyan Chapel 1891 West End

The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel of 1891 in West End with the Schoolroom nearer the camera



Winteringham's new chapel in Low Burgage

Part of the new Methodist Chapel in Low Burgage.

John Wesley, Winteringham and Rev Thomas Adam

We have no record of John Wesley ever preaching in Winteringham, though he did so in Winterton on August 8th 1761.

However, he did correspond with Winteringham’s Rev Thomas Adam on at least 2 occasions.  The first time was on October 31st 1755 (the full text of Wesley’s letters can be seen here: and again on July 19th 1768 (the full text of Wesley’s letters can be seen here:

Thomas Adam has been described as being a friend of the Methodists initially, but later in his long life at Winteringham, he changed his mind.

Although we do not know whether Wesley preached in Winteringham, we certainly know that he was in contact with other Winteringham people.  The opening of his 1768 letter to Thomas Adam starts: “One of Wintringham informed me yesterday that you said no sensible and well-meaning man could hear and much less join the Methodists; because they all acted under a lie, professing themselves members of the Church of England while they licensed themselves as Dissenters.”

And later in the same letter, John Wesley says to Thomas Adam: “'The Methodists do not want you; but you want them.' You want the life, the spirit, the power which they have, not of themselves, but by the free grace of God; else how could it be (let me speak without reserve) that so good a man and so good a preacher should have so little fruit of his labour--his unwearied labour--for so many years? Have your parishioners the life of religion in their souls? Have they so much as the form of it? Are the people of Wintringham in general any better than those of Winterton or Horton? Alas! sir, what is it that hinders your reaping the fruit of so much pains and so many prayers?
Is it not possible this may be the very thing, your setting yourself against those whom God owns by the continual conviction and conversion of sinners?”


These 19th Century press cuttings give some idea of the everyday life, high days and holidays of the Winteringham Chapels

From the Hull Packet of 28th January 1859
On Sunday last two sermons were preached in the Wesleyan chapel by Mr. Mumby of Whattam, when collections were made for the benefit of the chapel, which amounted to about 2 10s.  The harmonium was presided over by Mr Coates of Winterton, assisted by Miss C.Spencer.

From the Hull Packet of 2nd March 1860
Two sermons were preached on Sunday last
[26th February 1860] in the Wesleyan chapel by Mr Mumby, of Scartho, when upwards of 11 was collected on behalf of the chapel funds.

From the Hull Packet of 22nd September 1865
The annual meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society's Association has been recently held in the Wesleyan Chapel.  T. Tombleson, Esq., of Barton, presided, and gave an excellent speech.  The Revs. J. Tyas and J. Wetherill, of Winterton, and the Rev. J. Spencer (the deputation of the Parent Society), most ably advocated the claims of the great Society.  The meeting throughout was one of great interest.  More than 7 was collected, being a considerable advance upon the preceding year.  The proceedings terminated with a very cordial and unanimous vote of thanks to the respected chairman and speakers.

From the Hull Packet of 26th January 1877
BAND OF HOPE AND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.- On 16th instant a large and attentive audience assembled in the Wesleyan Methodist schoolroom, under the presidency of Mr. Sewell, Winteringham Grange, when addresses were given by Mr. R. Wharton and J. Morwood, of Winterton.  Mrs Slingsby gave a very interesting reading, "The Convinced Cobbler and his Sick Daughter."  An address was delivered by Mr. Barr, Mr. Browton, of Winterton, filling up the programme with a very convincing and able speech.  Votes of thanks were passed to the whole of the speakers, and Mrs Slingsby, for their very excellent programme.  Eleven signatures were taken at the close of the meeting.  The Temperance Society of Winteringham earnestly requests the cooperation of all Christian societies in the village, and hopes that every parent having children connected with the Band of Hope will use every effort in assisting the promoters in training their children in habits of abstinence and sobriety.

From the Hull Packet of 16th January 1880
WESLEYAN BAND OF HOPE. - On Monday, the 5th inst., a lecture was delivered by the Rev. J. Whitely, principal of St. Augustine School, Hull, in the National Schoolroom, kindly lent by the Rev. C. Knowles, who presided over the meeting.  In the course of his lecture, which lasted a little over an hour, the lecturer spoke of the benefit of total abstinence, which had been proved by many present for muscular energy, and by himself for brain work.  The parents and friends of the young were strongly urged to help forward the movement.  After speaking of the self-sacrifice of One whose example all were urged to follow, who so looked at our interests as a race, that He gave His life a ransom for ours, instances of heroic conduct and self-sacrificing courage in the history of our country were placed before the minds of the people.  The rev. gentleman went on to show the danger in the present educational policy of our country of cramming rather than opening the intellect of our youth, and concluded with a warm appeal to the young men and women present to become thinkers, and thus general benefactors of their village and nation.  The audience was large, and listened throughout with rapt attention, broken only by frequent bursts of applause, which demonstrations were loud and long.  We are glad to learn that the lecturer has promised to pay the village another visit during the coming season.

From the Hull Packet of 9th July 1880
WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOL. - Recently Mr Davey, of Goxhill, preached morning and evening, and in the afternoon Mr. Broughton of Winterton, addressed the scholars.  The services were much enjoyed by large congregations, and the collections were over 5.  Subsequently the children had their annual treat at the Grange, being conveyed there in wagons, and carrying with them a good display of banners, &c.  Many of the parents and friends accompanied them, and had tea at the Grange, every possible assistance being rendered them by Mr. and Mrs. Sewell to make the visit agreeable.  The time after tea was spent in a variety
[of] innocent recreations, in which old and young united.

From the Hull Packet of 26th June 1885
The Primitive Methodist Sunday School anniversary was held on Sunday.  The sermons were preached by Mr Councillor J. G. Hall, of Hull, to good congregations.  The children sang and recited several pieces in a highly creditable manner at the children's service in the afternoon.  On Wednesday evening a service of song was rendered in the chapel, for the school, by the effective choir from Alkborough.  The anniversary was a most successful one.

From the London Gazette:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Wesleyan Chapel, situated at Winteringham, in the civil parish of Winteringham, in the county of Lincoln, in the registration district of Glanford Brigg, being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the 19th day of April 1900, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c. 85.—Witness my hand this 19th day of April, 1900.

Superintendent Registrar. 


Winteringham Chapel Fete - Flyer and Trev!
Winteringham Methodist Garden Party held at the home of Mr And Mrs Cawrey in Silver Street Winteringham.
The picture shows the entrance of the Fancy Dress Contestants after walking down High Burgage and Silver Street. The larger than life characters in the foreground are in the flat cap and dress Trevor Evans on his feet he has a pair of work boots that were too big for his feet and balloons to fill out his dress top.
The other is myself Anthony (flyer ) Robinson I am dressed in a long black Evening Dress with matching black high heels (the right size for my feet) and a black hair net . I don`t remember if we won a prize but we only entered like that for a laugh.

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