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Churches of the British Isles

Gallery: Churches of East Yorkshire

by Peter Kessler, 4 July 2020

Holderness Part 3: Churches of Hedon & Paull

Hedon Baptist Chapel, Holderness, East Yorkshire

Hedon Baptist Chapel stands on the southern side of Magdalen Gate (No 4), opposite the car park at the back of the King's Head pub. The chapel was erected in 1801 by the Baptists, but it would seem that all of the town's congregations were formed here. The Baptists left in 1812, replaced by the Wesleyans. They moved to Baxtergate Chapel in 1818, and the Primitive Methodists took over until 1873. Then the Baptists returned until 1910, when the British Legion took over.

Hedon Methodist Church, Holderness, East Yorkshire

Hedon Methodist Church sits at the north-east corner of the Church Road and New Road (Hull Road) junction. Wesleyans in Hedon started meeting at what had been the Baptist Chapel (see above), between 1812-1818. Then they built their Baxtergate chapel, remaining there it was demolished following a 1917 Zeppelin raid. The present site was purchased and a new chapel built. That building became the hall in 1978 when the present church was added in front of it.

Christian Life Church (Hedon Pentecostal), Hedon, Holderness, East Yorkshire

Christian Life Church (Hedon Pentecostal) meets in The Alexandra Hall, on the eastern side of St Augustine's Gate and flanked to the north (on the left here) by the three hundred year-old town hall. Alexandra Hall is a multi-purpose venue that was built in 1983, opening on 6 August. Its official opening - and naming - took place during a visit by Princess Alexandra in 1986. Today it hosts nearly all the major public events in Hedon, including meetings by various groups.

St James' Old Church, Hedon, Holderness, East Yorkshire

St James' Old Church, Hedon, once stood on the north flank of the later Lambert House (shown here), on the western side of Sheriff Highway, at a point that was level with the westernmost two buildings on the northern side of Lambert Park Road. It was one of three of the town's former parish churches, although two of them, and another chapel, all seem to have been demolished around the time of the Reformation. Traces of St James remained in place at the end of the 1800s.

Paull Primitive Methodist Chapel, Holderness, East Yorkshire

Paull Primitive Methodist Chapel stands on the east side of Main Street, at the apex of the Back Road junction, and to the south-west of Hedon. It was built in 1871 and is shown on later OS maps simply as 'chapel'. Between 1910-1927 it closed, possibly in relation to events at the Wesleyan chapel (below). The building still stands though - it was later converted into two private houses. A plaque high on the frontage (above the tree) confirms identity and age.

Paull Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Holderness, East Yorkshire

Paull Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is also on the east side of Main Street, about a hundred and twenty metres south of the Back Road junction. This small chapel was built in 1805. Curiously the 1910 25-inch OS map labels it disused, which means it closed by 1908. Even more curiously it was re-opened and restored in 1912, and perhaps absorbed the nearby Primitive Methodist congregation to the latter's detriment (above). Today it remains open as Paull Methodist Church.

Two photos on this page kindly contributed by Colin Hinson, with one each by Keith Guyler / British Methodist Buildings and Brian Edwards, both via the 'History Files: Churches of the British Isles' Flickr group, and two copyright © Bernard Shap and Ian S, and reused under a cc licence.



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