Hull; George Lamb Memorial Chapel

Photo:George Lamb Memorial Chapel, c1895

George Lamb Memorial Chapel, c1895

Mary Thomas

Photo:Firefighters putting out the fire at the George Lamb Memorial Chapel,15 April 2015

Firefighters putting out the fire at the George Lamb Memorial Chapel,15 April 2015

Simon Renilson

Photo:Sadly demolition begins 17 April 15

Sadly demolition begins 17 April 15

Peter Harbour

Photo:Hope to save the historic facade of the chapel, Hull Daily Mail, 23 April 2015

Hope to save the historic facade of the chapel, Hull Daily Mail, 23 April 2015

Jerome Ellerby

Photo:Hull Lambert Street Primitive Methodist chapel in August 2017

Hull Lambert Street Primitive Methodist chapel in August 2017

Christopher Hill

opened 1894; destroyed by fire 2015

By Jill Barber

George Lamb Memorial Chapel in Lambert Street, Hull, was opened by the Primitive Methodists in 1894.

It was named after George Lamb, who died in Hull in 1886, and spent 21 years as a Primitive Methodist Minister there. President of Conference twice, he was greatly respected, and involved in every aspect of the life of the town. 

A Grade II listed building, in 1999 the Church building was put on the Listed Buildings at Risk Register. When the church closed it was sold to a private developer, and sadly left to deteriorate. 

In the early hours of Wednesday 15 April, a fire broke out, and it took 35 fire officers to bring the blaze under control.  Most of the interior has been destroyed, and engineers have been brought in to see if the building can be secured.

The Hull Daily Mail carried several reports about the fire, and included comments from local residents:  

'Stephanie Wilson, of the Avenues and Pearson Park Residents Association, said she was still hopeful the chapel could be salvaged. "It is a very long and sad tale of neglect, which has resulted in the situation today," she said. "The chapel is a very special building that has great historical significance to the non-conformist religious movement in Hull. It has a noble edifice, which stands out from the other houses in that street. I do still hope some part of the beautiful façade can be saved if at all possible."

Resident James Shakesby was devastated to see the destruction caused by the fire. "I used to spend a lot of time there in the late Eighties attending the church and the Boys' Brigade," he said. "I have so many good memories of that building and now they have all gone up in smoke. It's a huge shame that people didn't do more to save it from ruin."'

This page was added by Jill Barber on 17/04/2015.
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On 1 June 2015, the Hull Daily Mail reported that the chapel could not be saved, and would have to be demolished. Part of its distinctive façade has already been removed because of fears over its stability in high winds. It was hoped the rest of the front of the Victorian Methodist chapel could have been saved.

By Jill Barber
On 04/06/2015

In August 2017 the facade of the chapel, which is Grade 2 listed, still stands.  It is supported by extensive scaffolding, as shown in the picture above

By Christopher Hill
On 11/08/2017

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