Wesleyan Chapel Princess Street Sheffield

Many years ago I posted an article regarding the events of 25th September 1916 when a lone German Zeppelin bombed the Pitsmoor and Burngreave districts of Sheffield resulting in 29 civilian fatalities, nineteen injuries and 89 properties that were seriously damaged. Ten years later the effects of the raid were still being felt by people living in the area. The Wesleyan Chapel that stood in Princess Street was "obliterated" by the raid and was left with one wall standing as this photograph taken at the time shows    

The congregation of the chapel did consider rebuilding the chapel but whilst they were deliberating the matter, a prominent couple, a Mr. and Mrs. George Yeomans offered to host services in a large room in their house - 2 Royds Mill Lane which is in the Atterciffe district of Sheffield. The arrangement was so successful that the chapel in Princess Street was never rebuilt. This report is dated 27th September 1926 and is from the Sheffield Independent. It was the tenth anniversary of the attack on Sheffield.

27th September 1926 - Sheffield Independent.

The "temporary" chapel closed on Boxing Day 1926 after what must have been a rather sad service. The reason was quite simply declining numbers. The death and movement of members coupled with newer members going to "permanent" chapels meant that numbers had dwindled and this arrangement was no longer feasible. 

The earliest newspaper reference I could find to the chapel was 1852 but it may have been operating earlier than that.

And there is a sad postscript. The last paragraph "Veteran Worshippers" makes specific mention of Mr. Walter Ridge who first attended the chapel in 1868. Two years later, the Sheffield Independent dated 24th December 1928 carried Walter's obituary. He collapsed and died on Corby Street five days earlier 

   

He was buried in Darnall cemetery, Sheffield on 22nd December 1928. This is his burial record

RIDGE, Walter (Newsagent, age 72).
Died at 217 Attercliffe Road; Buried on December 22, 1928 in Consecrated ground; Grave Number 559, Section E of Darnall Cemetery, Sheffield.
Parent or Next of Kin if Available: ~. Remarks: from Attercliffe Parish: Officiating Minister J.W. Gregory.

Sources

Sheffield Independent dated 27th September 1926

Sheffield Independent dated dated 24th December 1926

Sheffield Indexers

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