'A pool of Bethesda':Manchester's first Wesleyan Methodist Central Hall

Connelly, Angela (2012) 'A pool of Bethesda':Manchester's first Wesleyan Methodist Central Hall. Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 89 (1). pp. 105-125. ISSN 0301-102X

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Abstract

Methodist Central Halls were built in most British towns and cities. They were designed not to look like churches in order to appeal to the working classes. Entirely multi-functional, they provided room for concerts, plays, film shows and social work alongside ordinary worship. Some contained shops in order to pay for the future upkeep of the building. The prototype for this programme was provided in Manchester and opened on Oldham Street in 1886. This article offers a first analysis of it as a building type and looks at the wider social and cultural contribution of the building. It continues the narrative by discussing changing use and design during a twentieth century that witnessed the widespread contraction of Methodist congregations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 72768
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2015 11:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 07:20
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/72768

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