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Raunds Primitive Methodist Church
The first open air mission was held in August 1863. Soon Henry Sharp's house was being used for Sunday School, and the Temperance Hall was used for Sunday service.
Outside the church in 1953
The Primitive Methodist Church celebrate the completion of the church renovations c1953.

The boy on the steps is Peter Whitney. The man (back far right) with hat and white beard is John Tanner who built
church organs in a small workshop close to this church in Marshalls Road. The lady front far left is Margaret Munns.
The gentleman front 4th from right is Mr Lawrence.

The Primitive Methodist Church in Marshalls Road, was built in 1870 and extended in 1899.
The following inscriptions are taken from the row of stones laid when the extension was built.
This stone was laid by

Mr Edwin H B Lyne

In Memory of his Mother

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid by

Mr James Bass

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid by

Mr Robert Coles

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid by

Joshua Holton Esq

Of Northampton

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid by

Mrs Joshua Holton

Of Northampton

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid by

W Beckworth Esq

Of [Leeds?]

August 7th 1899

In memory of

D.... Harrison

By her daughter

Mrs Joshua Holton

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid

In Memory of

Sidney Harrison

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid by

..llian B Harrison

August 7th 1899

This stone was laid for

Mrs William Townsend

By her son James C T Townsend

August 7th 1899

Rushden Echo, 15th January 1904, transcribed by Kay Collins

A Mission Van in connection with the Primitive Methodist Connexion has been stationed at Raunds this week.

The first marriage was arranged in 1907, but did not take place owing to the registrar not being booked. The newspaper reported a "Wedding Fiasco".
"School Erected in 1907" above the door of the school, behind the church, has stones around the doorway with the following inscriptions:
The school entrance behind the church
Raunds Adult School
Prize Choir
Frederick A Paragreen
of Rushden
Mrs W Townsend
of Bedford
Rev Gervase & Mrs Hall
of Wellingborough
In Memory of
Edith Ellen Peck
W G Dennis Harrison
Norah May Stanton
Irene J B Lyne

Interior of Chapel - date unknown
Interior of Chapel - Date unknown

Wellingborough News, 11th February 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

PRIMITIVE METHODIST HOME AND FOREIGN MISSIONS—The anniversary services in connection with these missions were held in the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday night. A missionary service of song entitled "Ethiopia's Lyre" was given by the choir in the afternoon, the connective readings being given by the Rev. W. Pedley. A missionary sermon was preached by the same gentleman in the evening. On Tuesday evening the annual missionary meeting was held in the chapel under the presidency of the Rev. W. Pedley, when the meeting was addressed by the Chairman, the Rev. J. T. Spragg, and Messrs. W. Townsend, J. Gant, and J. Peck, of Bythurn. Collections were made both at the services and at the meeting on behalf of the society.

Wellingborough News, 8th April 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL—Anniversary services were held in this chapel on Sunday, when Mrs. West preached to a large congregation.

Wellingborough News, 30th September 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

PRIMITIVE METHODIST HARVEST THANKSGIVING —On Sunday last special services were held in connection with the harvest thanksgiving in the Primitive Methodist Chapel, when sermons were preached by Mr. Mackness, of Rushden. The Chapel was nicely adorned with vegetables, corn, fruit, and flowers, the rostrum receiving the chief part of the embellishments.—On Monday a public tea was held which was fairly attended, and in the evening a public harvest thanksgiving meeting was held under the presidency of Rev. W. Pedley, when addresses interspersed with singing were given by the Chairman, Mr. W. Townsend and others. Collections were made both at the services and at the meeting. The fruits and vegetables were disposed of on Tuesday, and with the collections are to be devoted to the cause.

Wellingborough News, 28th October 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

PRIMITIVE METHODIST TEA, PUBLIC MEETING, AND SPECIAL SERMONS—On Saturday last the Primitive Methodists made a special effort in aid of the circuit fund. A well attended tea was held in the chapel in the afternoon and in the evening a public meeting was held in the same place under the presidency of Mr. H. Sharp, when addresses were delivered by Messrs. Wm. Townsend and Wright, and Rev. T. McKenzie, of High Wycombe, to a good audience. On Sunday special sermons were preached in the chapel, morning, afternoon, and evening, by the Rev. T. McKenzie to crowded congregations.

Wellingborough News, 18th November 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

THE NATIONAL SCHOOL—The class list of candidates who have passed the scholarship examination for admission into training colleges which has just been issued shows Eugene K. K. Whitney, a pupil teacher in this school, to be in the first class.

CHURCH FOREIGN MISSIONS—On Thursday evening, last week, a public meeting was held in the National Infant Schoolroom, under the presidency of the Vicar, the Rev. Hugh Bryan, in aid of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The Rev. W. H. Cooper, of the diocese of Grafton and Armidale, a returned Australian missionary, attended as a deputation, and gave an able address on mission work, and related his personal experiences as a missionary in a very graphic and interesting manner. Suitable hymns were sung, and a collection was made in aid of the funds of the Society at the close of the meeting. There was a fair attendance.—On Sunday last a special sermon was preached in St Peter's Church in aid of the same Society by the Rev. H. Mather, vicar of Loddington, to a good congregation. Collections were made at the close of the service.

THE LATE FLOODS—One of the results of the flood in High-street last week was the bursting of the culvert in High-street, near Mr. Asberry’s furniture warehouse. On the removal of the debris after the flood, the cause, or partial cause at least, of the flood in this part of the village was brought to light. The ruptured arch disclosed a small two-wheeled hand-truck, a barrel, a tree, a large block of wood, besides other rubbish, which had washed down the culvert by previous floods, and had got blocked in the arch at this part, damming up the water above so that at the mouth of the culvert, against Mr. R. Woodruff's bakehouse, an overflow into the street was inevitable. The blockading material was removed with some difficulty, and a partial cause of the flood removed. Unfortunately, however, the mud and silt were allowed to remain to the depth of more than a foot.

FOXHUNTING—The meet of the Fitzwilliam hounds at Stanwick pastures on Wednesday week was a brilliant one. The morning was beautifully fine and there was a good muster of horsemen, some ladies, and a large number of pedestrians from the surrounding villages. The hounds were put in and a fox soon broke cover, bolting straight across the field, but was turned by some footmen and ran straight back again into the mouths of the hounds, and in a few moments poor Ryynard was torn limb from limb and devoured, except the head, feet, and brush which were secured as trophies by the footmen. As no other fox could be found a run was made to Covington Gorse. Bold Reynard was found at home here, but was soon routed, and a capital run followed, in the direction of Catworth and Kimbolton, resulting in some excellent sport, though slightly marred by some ungenial and stormy weather late in the afternoon.

Wellingborough News, 30th December 1882, transcribed by Kay Collins

CHRISTMAS WITH THE PRIMITIVE METHODISTS—On Sunday special services were held in the chapel, when sermons were preached by Mr. Coles, of Northampton. On Christmas day a public tea was held in the Chapel. This was followed by a public meeting in the evening, Mr. W. Townsend in the chair. The Chairman apologised for the absence of the circuit ministers, and asked the meeting therefore not to unduly criticise the various speakers, but give them their sympathy. Hymn, "While shepherds watched their flocks by night." Mr. H. Hazeldine then spoke of the birth of Christ, which they had met to commemorate, and of the Christian Church, which he said comprised all true Christians, whether they worshipped in the cathedral, the parish church, the chapel, the meeting-house, or barn. He then dwelt upon the work and operations of the Holy Spirit in the Church. Hymn, "Hark the herald Angels." Mr. W. Pentelow then briefly addressed the meeting on the Christian's duty of thankfulness. Hymn "Hark the herald Angels," 2nd part. Mr. Wright was the next speaker, and referred to the great influence of music in Christian worship and on the soul of man, illustrating his argument by anecdotes and quotations from Scripture. Mr. Coles, of Northampton, after some introductory remarks, expressed his concurrence with the previous speaker on the powerful influence of music in divine worship, and advocated good congregational singing. Mr. Coles then proceeded to speak at some length on the "Name of Jesus." The Chairman remarked that there was now a debt on the Chapel of £58 for which notes of hand had been given, and he asked for help to extinguish the debt. A collection was then made, which with that at the services on Sunday go towards that object.

Wellingborough News, 24th February 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

RAUNDS PRIMITIVE METHODISM—The Primitive friends had a social gathering in the Chapel on Saturday evening last. The proceedings commenced with a "coffee supper," after which a pleasant evening was spent in singing and social intercourse.

Wellingborough News, 2nd June 1883, transcribed by Kay Collins

LECTURE—On Monday evening last a lecture was delivered in the Primitive Methodist Chapel by Mr. G. T. Allpress, of Denford. The subject of the lecture was "The Hallelujah Prince" or the life of Billy Bray. The chair was taken by Rev. W. Pedley, the resident Primitive Methodist minister. A collection was made in aid of the Circuit Fund.

Wellingborough News, 14th January 1887, transcribed by Kay Collins

RAUNDS - PRIMITIVE METHODISM—The Primitive Methodists commenced a series of evangelistic services at their chapel on Sunday last. The preacher on the occasion was the Rev. T. McKenzie, a former resident minister. Notwithstanding the snowfall the congregations were good. The services were continued on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, preceded by a street parade, singing, and speaking.

Wellingborough & Kettering News 25/07/1890, transcribed by Peter Brown

PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL—The chapel has just undergone a thorough internal renovation, and in addition to this some offices and out-buildings, which have long been, much needed, have been added in a neat and compact form. On Sunday last the chapel was re-opened in connection with the anniversary of the place, when special services were held, and sermons preached by the Rev. S. Dobson, of Bedford, to large congregations. On Monday the same gentleman gave a lecture in the chapel on "The wonderful Book." The lecture was listened to with rapt attention by a good audience, and was much appreciated. Rev. W. Skelly, the pastor of the Baptist Chapel, presided and addressed a few words to the meeting at the close of the lecture.

Rushden Echo, 22nd February 1901

Gospel Addresses were delivered at  the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Sunday by Mr J. Brown, of Wellingborough.  The proceeds were for the choir fund.

Rushden Echo, August 24th 1923, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Wellingborough Primitive Methodists circuit held a convention on Saturday at Raunds. In the afternoon the Rev. H. T. Wigley, B.A., B.D., of Northampton, preached. This was followed by tea in the schoolroom. The family of the late Mr. G. Harrison, one of the founders of the church and a member for 47 years, presented a portrait of him to be hung in the schoolroom in memory of his work. The Rev. T. R. Spray presided. In the evening Mr. Wigley gave a lecture, “The World—can Christians save it?” Mr. W. H. Lawrence, J.P., presided, Mr. C. Coles being the soloist.

Primitive Methodist Church

In 1966 the church closed and the congregation joined the Wesleyan Methodists.

The building was sold and the funds used to refurbish the schoolrooms in 1970.

St Thomas More Catholic Church board
The building has now been taken over by the Catholic Church.

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