On this page we look at the various churches and chapels that have served Scunthorpe.

Ashby Wesleyan Church 1

On the left is the original Ashby Wesleyan Chapel.

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Looking in the opposite direction with the new Ashby Wesleyan Chapel which was built in 1907 to replace the original one seen further along, between the two was their schoolhouse. The original one later became the Ashby Institute. The white stone cottage on the right is where Stockshill Road begins today.

Bethel town mission

The Bethel Town Mission is seen here on Gilliatt Street offering Gospel services among others. It was originally sited on the corner of Gilliatt Street and the High Street before the whole building was moved here.

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An early view looking towards the Centenary Methodist Chapel on Frodingham Road which opened in 1908 – it burned down in 1970 as the pictures below show.

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Another view of the Centenary Methodist Chapel on Frodingham Road which opened 21st October 1908.

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The Centenary Chapel open in 1908 but was engulfed in flames on August 21st 1970. The alarm was raised at 3:25am, such was the ferocity of the fire that by 4am the steeple had crash down onto Frodingham Road.

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The aftermath of the Centenary Chapel fire showing the charred interior.


Congregational Church 1950s

The Congregational Church on Oswald Road during the 1950s. The church was dedicated on 4th April 1912 after a building cost of £3,040.


A view along Oswald Road in the 1950’s with the Congregational Church on the right.


The Kendall Memorial Primitive Methodist Chapel with its schoolroom which built in 1885. The chapel was named after Thomas Kendall, it was demolished in 1962 and is now the site of Ashby Market.


Looking towards the Kendall Memorial Primitive Methodist Chapel from the opposite direction from that of above – taken c1900. The schoolroom can be seen clearly, masking the chapel behind. Further along on the right is the original Crown pub which was then a white washed stone building.


The new Crown Hotel was built in 1909 by Fox’s Brewery of Crowle next to the Kendall Memorial Primitive Methodist Chapel. The Crown Hotel replaced a pub of the same name built partially on and alongside it.


A view looking towards the Kendall Memorial Primitive Methodist Chapel with the Crown Hotel and other shops in the 1930’s.

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Construction work underway at the Church of the Latter Day Saints on the corner of Burringham Road and Dryden Road.

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Construction of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

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Construction of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

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Construction of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

Diana Street chapel

Members of the Diana Street Chapel in the early 1900’s

Wesleyan Chaple on Cottage Beck Road

Frodingham Wesleyan Chapel on the corner of Cottage Beck Road and Trent Street. The chapel has long gone and for many years was the site of Holloways buses garage and offices. The site now stands vacant.

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Builders inside the Holy Souls Roman Catholic Church, Frodingham Road, during construction in 1911.

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Consecration Ceremony of the Holy Souls Church in 1911.

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The Holy Souls Roman Catholic Church on Frodingham Road shortly after construction.

St. Hugh's church which was built in 1939

An early view of the Church of St. Hugh at Brumby Corner which opened in 1939.


New Brumby Wesleyan Chapel c1910

New Brumby Primitive Methodist Chapel and schoolroom on the corner of Cottage Beck Road and Cemetery Road c1907

New Brumby Wesleyan Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel on the corner of Cottage Beck Road and Cemetery Road. It was constructed in 1877, the schoolroom to the right was added in 1892. A new Methodist church was built on this site in 1965.


Old Brumby Methodist Chapel

Old Brumby Wesleyan Chapel on Ashby Road, it was knocked down when the new St. Mark’s chapel was built.

Probably the most photographed church in Scunthorpe is that of St. John the Evangelist seen in the pictures below. Paid for by Rowland Winn as a gift to the town and designed by Joseph Crowther in the gothic style it was consecrated in 1891, the clock faces were supplied by Leeds firm W. Potts & Sons and added in 1893. The church was de-consecrated in April 1984 and is now the 20/21 Visual Arts Centre.

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An aerial view of St. John’s shortly after 1919 with the Dreadnought tank behind.

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An Edwardian view of St. John’s Church

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A view inside St. John’s Church looking towards the chancel, the church’s interior was completely lined with Ancaster stone and the pews seated 500 worshippers.


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A view from the rear of St. John the Evangelist’s Church 1922


A view from Carlton Street in 1966

St Lawrence

The Church of St. Lawrence situated in Frodingham. The early parts of the church date from 1236. The church’s original patron saint was St. Mary, it is though that its present dedication came about when the living was given to Revesby Abbey in the 15th Century. With the exception of the tower the church was extensively rebuilt in 1841 during the great period of Victorian reconstruction – it was also extended in 1913.

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The interior of St. Lawrence’s Church – pre 1913, with the chancel decorated for Easter Sunday.

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7th June 1913 outside St. Lawrence’s Church during the consecration of the new extensions. Second from the end of the procession is the Bishop King of Lincoln, Edward Lee Hicks, he preached to a large congregation, and proposed a vote of thanks be given to Lord St Oswald who had contributed £5000 of the £6000 costs.


Primative Methodists Connexion chapel

The Primitive Methodist Connexion Chapel which stood on the High Street in Scunthorpe, the foundation stone was laid on 15th July 1890 and it closed in 1934. The chapel was bought by Reginald Heslam, it was extended and converted into a furniture store called Heslam House.

st Pauls

St. Paul’s Church in Ashby described as a ‘Tin Tabernacle’ a prefabricated building constructed using corrugated sheets, it was opened on the site near to the present St. Paul’s church on 26th January 1899. The turret contained a single bell.

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The interior of St, Paul’s ‘Tin Tabernacle’ some time between 1899 and 1925. When the present St. Paul’s church opened in 1925 this building was retained as a church hall. It was removed in 1939 when a new purpose-built hall was erected.


St Georges

An old ‘ Tin Tabernacle’ in Crosby know as “iron Room’ . It was opened on 28th October 1907 but not dedicated to St George until 6th December 1913. This shows it decorated for a harvest festival. A new parish church was built off Frodibgham Road to replace it and was consecrated on 3rd October 1925. This building was then used as a church hall.



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