Mapping Methodism – St Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel (Ebenezers Chapel)

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This profile for St Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel in Fore Street has been compiled by Jo Lewis and Tony Mansell.

Alterations have been made over the years, but it remains in appearance substantially the same. (Photo: Jo Lewis)


The first Primitive Methodist meetings were held in the open by Rev Joseph Grieves, who first visited in June 1829. The next month he wrote that he preached for the first time “on a large boat near the quay; the most populous and wicked part of the town”.

Over the coming months many were saved and God’s power was felt strongly. Meetings were started indoors in sail lofts around the harbour.

1831: The chapel opened.

The build cost was £830.

It had 800 sittings and was for many years regarded as the fishermen’s chapel.

It possesses three charcoal drawings by the artist W H Y Titcombe: Primitive Methodists at prayer, A Mariners’ Sunday School and Piloting her Home. The finished paintings, for which these drawings were made, are at Dudley Art Gallery, Doncaster Art Gallery and Toronto Art Gallery respectively.

It is grade 2 listed.

Early C19, Two storey. Three windows. Stone rubble, the front elevation is stuccoed. Hipped slate roof, Round headed Windows on first floor, wide central doorway, elliptical arch with small keyblock. ( ives#. YUZAVtNKjvU

A Dictionary of Methodism (St Ives):

St Ives Primitive Methodist Circuit:

New Schoolroom opened at Bunker’s Hill. (Wednesday 28 March 1923 Cornishman)

7th March 1931: Newspaper, The Western Echo, account of Centenary, Fore Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, St Ives. (Kresen Kernow MRI/163)

1932: The Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist and the United Methodist Church amalgamated to become the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

1932: Became St Ives Fore Street Methodist Church.


Photos and additional information about the building will be welcomed.


1 thought on “Mapping Methodism – St Ives Primitive Methodist Chapel (Ebenezers Chapel)

  1. Did one William Alexander BLACKETT ever come to these Cornish churches? He ended up as a Bush Missionary in Tasmania, Australia. He was my second great grandfather and I think he had some connection to sailing around the world. I would love to hear if anyone knows of him!

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