South Lakes Methodist Circuit

Ulverston Methodist Church

Our history

John Wesley usually by-passed Ulverston on his journeys north. When he did come up the west coast, crossing the Kent estuary from Hest Bank to Grange and then the Leven from  Flookborough to Conishead, he usually dashed across to Askham in order to cross the Duddon. This was a journey he hated, being convinced that the estuary guides cheated him and delayed the crossings to enhance the revenues at their inns. He came to Ulverston only once, on Friday July 5th 1752. "Here a very convenient place for preaching was offered. But few people had any desire to hear, so I went quietly back to my inn." The next day he travelled to Chipping in Lancashire.

By the early nineteenth century a group of Methodists met in homes and a chapel was built in 1818. At this time Ulverston grew rapidly from a small market town because of an influx of miners in the new iron ore mines and later the arrival of the railway. By the end of the century a larger church was needed and the present church, designed by John Wills of Derby, opened in 1901.

In 1985 it was clear that the building needed serious repairs and it was decided to completely refurbish the building, adding a new extension to provide meeting rooms and a kitchen. This was completed in 1992 and is the building we use today.

Our premises are heavily used, not just for the meetings listed here, but by a wide variety of local organisations.

From the 1950's we have exchanged pulpits with the local Anglican churches and we are an active member of Churches Together in Ulverston.

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