Whitehall Road
Methodist Church

Last modified 15 July 2018

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Brief History

Bethesda New Connexion Chapel was built in 1836  in an open field in Barn Close (a road now runs over the site). It opened on Good Friday 1836, 1,500 - 1,700 people were present! The Church served the neighbourhood for 60 years, with many notable preachers being stationed there, including Revd. William Booth and his wife, prior to them leaving to form the Salvation Army.

After 1890 it was realised that Gateshead was growing Southward away from the River Tyne.

Whitehall Road  was built by Mr. Alex Pringle, who later built the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.  Whitehall Road New Connexion Church with Vestry and Lounge, was opened

on 29th February 1896.
In 1907 the Methodist New Connexion, The Methodist Free Church and The Bible Christians joined together to form the United Methodist Church of which Whitehall Road became part.

During the 1914 - 1918 War the premises were used by the Military so services had to be curtailed.

Then in 1932, Wesleyan, Primitives and United Methodist Churches became “The Methodist Church”.

Alterations and improvement have been made to the premises over the years, notably  to side classrooms and stage, in order to facilitate room for the many activities taking place on the premises.

Whitehall Road Methodist Church in Bensham, Gateshead, as seen from the junction with Coatsworth Road.

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