Cowes : West Hill Primitive Methodist Church



West Hill Primitive Methodist Church was erected in 1889. It is now used as Cowes Library. These inscriptions record the foundation stones located on the lower exterior walls of the building.

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Beaden, G.A.
Harradine, J.H., Gooderidge, J.T.
"To the Glory of God"
This Stone was laid by
G.A. Beaden esq.
Janry. 16th 1889.
MINISTERS -
REV. J.H. HARRADINE, REV. J.T. GOODERIDGE.

John Henry Harradine was born in Cambridge in 1846. In 1891 he and his wife Eliza Turner Harradine were resident at 25, Carisbrooke Road, Carisbrooke. In the 1901 Census they are shown in Yeovil in Somerset.

John T Gooderidge was born in Wath upon Dearne Yorkshire in 1863. In 1891 John and Lillian Gooderidge were resident at 7, Padua Road, Penge, Surrey. Lillian Josephine K Cheverton was born on the Isle of Wight; they married in 1891 Q1.



Seymour, J.E.
LAID BY
MR. & MRS J.E. SEYMOUR
OF
SOUTHSEA

This probably refers to Mr Job Edward Seymour, and his wife Harriet. In 1891 they were resident at 1, Seymour Villas, Highland Road, Portsea, Portsmouth. He is given as a retired broker, aged 77. She was 78.



Warne, C. (Mrs)
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
LAID IN MEMORY OF
MRS C. WARNE,
OF
WEST COWES.

Len Pullinger from Porchfield writes : I believe the foundation stone in the front of the ex Prim. Methodist Church at Cowes, (library), was laid in memory of my great grand mother, Mrs. Charles Warne, who died in 1887. Her name was Frances Denton, and her husband Charles, and family were deeply involved with the chapel when the new building was erected. Ironically, my Grand father from the other side of the family, Percival Pullinger, was involved with disposal of the property to the IWCC in 1940.



Ralph (Mrs)
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
LAID IN MEMORY OF
MRS. RALPH,
50 YEARS A MEMBER
WITH US.


To the Glory of God
Laid by the
Teachers & Scholars of
This Sabbath School.



Sargent (Mrs)
LAID
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. SARGENT,
BY G.S.



Adams, H.
LAID FOR
H. ADAMS, ESQ.
OF SHEFFIELD
VICE PRESIDENT
OF CONFERENCE



Jones, James
To the Glory of God
The Foundation Stone
of this School was laid by
Mr James Jones
in the presence
inscription obscured

This stone is behind a bench and difficult to photograph.

Len Pullinger writes : James Jones (1846-1921) married Mrs C Warne's daughter Margaret Bowyer Warne. He was a 'compass adjuster' and 'iron monger' in Cowes, and also involved with the Primitive Methodist Church. In 1895 he was Choir master, Treasurer of the Trustees and Deputy organist.

Credits : all photos and transcriptions by Geoff Allan